not sure how i feel about new facebook…
not sure how i feel about new facebook…
What’s beautiful now? The Forest!
Did you know that all five boroughs of New York City were at one time covered by ancient forests? It’s true. And our 50-acre Thain Family Forest is the largest remaining remnant of these old-growth forests that were home to the city’s original inhabitants, the Lenape tribe of Native Americans.
The Forest is transected by the Bronx River, New York City’s only freshwater river, and acts as home to a huge assortment of native plants, trees, and critters, as well as to a cadre of scientists studying this very important urban forest.
And this weekend, we are celebrating the Forest with a Fall Forest Weekend festival! Join us for a weekend full of leaf peeping, canoe paddling, birds of prey demonstrations, beer sampling, and woodcrafting and tree climbing demonstrations! The weather report is looking cool and clear all weekend, perfect for tramping through our trails and enjoying high peak fall foliage!
For day-to-day updates on what we’re seeing around grounds, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter where we post updates from our staff and visitors. Need help getting around? Our iPhone app can help out there. It’s free and available in the App Store. ~AR
Photos by NYBG photographer Ivo M. Vermeulen.
Happy Birthday Marie Curie: 7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934
The first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize, in 1903, for Physics, she became the first person to win two with the 1911 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. She is the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences.
"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful."
“We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.”
Second inking of a three part illustration - red panda muscular system.
24” x 15”, india ink on 140lb Arches cold press.
Maria Bamford's comedy often touches upon things that aren't so funny, like her struggles with OCD and bipolar disorder — but you can't help but laugh, she's just that funny. In her interview with Fresh Air she talks about how she used Dale Carnegie's techniques from “How to Win Friends and Influence People" to make friends and relax in social settings, though it didn’t always work:
I got my first boyfriend. I was nominated [and] I won the Winter Frolic Queen crown. And I think genuinely, because I started doing all these weird techniques, and because everyone was in high school, I think nobody picked up on the BS factor of it. And I think it was sincere. I was so desperately sincere.
I tried to use the same tactics when I went to school out East, and I did not go over at all. I remember my roommates — I was going to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine — and they were from New York. They’re like, ‘Why do you keep saying our name?’ They were totally on to me, immediately, and they were completely weirded out by the whole thing.
Related: Today Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of Carnegie, “Self-Help Messiah" by Steven Watts.
The Kardashians are so full of wisdom.
Happy Alaska Day!
Alaska Day marks the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Alaskan territory from Russia to the United States on October 18, 1867.
The Bureau of Land Management administers approximately 75 million surface acres of federal public land - from national historic trails to wild rivers to recreation areas. Now that’s something to celebrate!
Learn more about BLM Alaska: http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en.html
A Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula) sips nectar from Mexican Milkweed, Sabal Palm Sanctuary, south Texas, USA.
(photo by Gwyn Carmean)
Massive star explosion seeded the early solar system
Scientists analyzing meteorites have found that a supernova may have injected matter into the solar system shortly after it formed.
Up on Capital Hill…
gif of my fat dog: Tofu!
jk he’s not that fat. yet.