More Coral Glowing

More Coral Glowing

Fluorescent coral, it’s surprising! Look at this surprising macro photography from the Coral Guardian. -dM

New Specimen

New Specimen

I’ve got a new specimen thanks to Mark Cole at Minershop.com. It’s a fluorescent yellow apatite on tourmaline and quartz from the Shigar Valley, Pakistan. -dM

Glowing Sea Life

Glowing Sea Life

There’s lots more than coral that glows in the ocean. Fluo Diving is an adventure sport for diving enthusiasts interested in glow in the dark stuff. Diving at night is a challenge by itself. Doing it with almost no visible light would be completely alien. For an old retired guy like myself, I might have to develop a new sport, Fluo Wading! 🙂 -dM

Fluorescent Coral

Fluorescent Coral

As a young child, I was fascinated with light and stuff that glowed. That led to fluorescence. And in Wyoming that meant collecting fluorescent rocks. Since then, I’ve collected a bunch of them. But things have changed. I’m no longer in Wyoming. I’m in south Florida where rocks, let along fluorescent rocks, are essentially non-existent. So, what’s a fluorescent collector like me going to do? […]

The Future of Flying Robots

The Future of Flying Robots

I’m inspired by the honeybee, flight, nature, agriculture and computing. What can a group of smart guys do with this same inspiration? At his lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Vijay Kumar and his team have created autonomous aerial robots inspired by honeybees. Their latest breakthrough: Precision Farming, in which swarms of robots map, reconstruct and analyze every plant and piece of fruit in an […]

Painted Buntings Are Back

Painted Buntings Are Back

What beautiful birds. The male is stunning. The female, though plain by contrast, is still striking. They winter here in Florida which means that it must be winter. With everything still blooming tomato transplants growing okra springing up It’s kind of hard for a old Wyoming boy to keep track. Maybe I’m easily confused in this heat? 🙂 -dM

Musings On Beekeeping

Musings On Beekeeping

Musings on Beekeeping is one of my favorite bee blogs. Tom, a Honduran/American beekeeper has a unique perspective on: tropical beekeeping working with Africanized bees top bar hives mentoring beekeepers in Jamaica moderates the BeeSource.com top bar hive forum. He doesn’t post often. But when he does, it’s always an interesting and informative read. Ever seen a tree like this one? Wow! Check it out! […]

Historical Comb Cell Size

Historical Comb Cell Size

New research indicates that the basic premises for small cell beekeeping are in error. Brood foundation hasn’t been enlarged. And historical cell size measurements methods haven’t confused this issue. This confirms what I’ve written about  A.I. Roots observations. -dM

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