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Twin Cities Naturalist
Twin Cities NaturalistCourtesy Twin Cities Naturalist
March is upon us and signs of spring are everywhere if you know how to look. Check out this week's Phenology Roundup where professional naturalist Kirk Mona of Twin Cities Naturalist discusses what was seen around the Twin Cities area in the past week.

Phenology is the science of the seasons. It looks at how and when nature changes according to seasonal climatic conditions.

View a summary of phenology sightings in the Twin Cities this past week.

This kind of thing has been around for a long time but I always find it fun and enlightening. Click and play

Twin Cities Naturalist
Twin Cities NaturalistCourtesy Twin Cities Naturalist
Owls are calling, the sun is growing in intensity, days are getting longer. Check out this week's Phenology Roundup where professional naturalist Kirk Mona of Twin Cities Naturalist discusses what was seen around the Twin Cities area in the past week.

Phenology is the science of the seasons. It looks at how and when nature changes according to seasonal climatic conditions.

View a summary of phenology sightings in the Twin Cities this past week.

Twin Cities Naturalist
Twin Cities NaturalistCourtesy Twin Cities Naturalist
Winter's not quite done with us yet but last week was gorgeous. Check out this week's Phenology Roundup where professional naturalist Kirk Mona of Twin Cities Naturalist discusses what was seen around the Twin Cities area in the past week.

Phenology is the science of the seasons. It looks at how and when nature changes according to seasonal climatic conditions.

View a summary of phenology sightings in the Twin Cities this past week.

Pretty pollution: The discolored wisps are indicators of pollution. Pretty, huh?
Pretty pollution: The discolored wisps are indicators of pollution. Pretty, huh?Courtesy Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
An artist uses white cement treated with a light-sensitive photo-catalytic nano coating to make pollution pretty. As the cement is exposed to the air, the areas not protected by the nano coating begin to discolor, revealing a delightful design, as well as its nasty culprit.

Groundhog (Marmota monax)
Groundhog (Marmota monax)Courtesy Kirk Mona
The 2012 Official Twin Cities Groundhog Report reveals that winter will soon be over. No surprises there this year. Read the full report online and learn a little more about Theriomancy the art of predicting the future by observing animal behavior.

Twin Cities Naturalist
Twin Cities NaturalistCourtesy Twin Cities Naturalist
We're almost to February and it feels like spring is just around the corner. Check out this week's Phenology Roundup where professional naturalist Kirk Mona of Twin Cities Naturalist discusses what was seen around the Twin Cities area in the past week.

Phenology is the science of the seasons. It looks at how and when nature changes according to seasonal climatic conditions.

View a summary of phenology sightings in the Twin Cities this past week.

Wired just posted a gallery of imagined (or even proposed) space stations over the last hundred years. Kind of cool.

Also, as a little bonus link, here's how the International Space Station compares to some space ships from science fiction. Keep in mind, of course, that most of the ISS's area consists of solar panels, not holodecks or viper bays. Can't have it all, I guess.

It's Friday, so let's get a new Science Friday video up. Science Friday
Science FridayCourtesy Science Friday
Today:
"Bubbles can do computations, says Stanford professor Manu Prakash. Just like electrons running through wires in your computer, Prakash and Neil Gershenfeld, of MIT, directed bubbles through tiny etched tubes and showed basic computations were possible. Because the presence of a bubble can influence the behavior of another bubble, Prakash was able to build "and," "or" and "not" gates. Bubbles are bigger and slower than electrons, but they can carry things--meaning you could create as you compute, Prakash says."

Twin Cities Naturalist
Twin Cities NaturalistCourtesy Twin Cities Naturalist
We're well into January now and the days are getting longer. Check out this week's Phenology Roundup where professional naturalist Kirk Mona of Twin Cities Naturalist discusses what was seen around the Twin Cities area in the past week.

Phenology is the science of the seasons. It looks at how and when nature changes according to seasonal climatic conditions.

View a summary of phenology sightings in the Twin Cities this past week.