December 7, 2019: Illuminated Site of the Week: Where Were You On The Night Of The Seventh, 65 Million B.C.?
Okay, so it's not quite that refined, but Ian Webster's website DinosaurPictures.Org offers a few amenities for the scale-and-feather crowd, not least this interactive map of the world. (Though if you do have any information regarding what happened to our ancient bio-buddies, any tips will remain anonymous.) See what your backyard, so to speak, looked like at any point in history (as long as those points are about 10 million years apart) where the ice and lava flowed alternately across the face of the Earth. For example, it looks like global climate change could give a repeat performance in the southern United States . . .
The database lets you check out random dinos, find out what critters frequented which continents, and get to know all the latest information on offer from leading experts in the field. With over a thousand of them listed, it'll take another epoch to go through them all.
-- From multiple submissions
November 23, 2019: Illuminated Site of the Week: Ants . . . Why’d It Have To Be Ants?
Now they've gone and done it. When they found a colony of ants living inside an abandoned nuclear bunker, a team of scientists did what any right-minded environmentalist would do: provide an escape for study purposes and let the world deal with the fallout. We've all seen this movie, but rest assured these aren't giant irradiated ants, it's merely (by one estimate, from someone who clearly deserves the world's pity) one million regular-sized cannibal ants.
Yes, cannibal ants. The only source of food all these years appears to have been each other, and not only did the colony survive, it seemed -- against common sense, physics, and biology -- to thrive. Fortunately, once freed, the meat-hungry insects were at liberty to find some other source of nutrition to keep up their numbers. Newsweek has the story.
-- Suggested by Bruce Tutcher
November 24, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: That’s The Spirit
Everyone's seen ghost towns on television, but what are they really like? Peter Ling has more than a couple of answers for you and a few photos to go with them. His project Ghost Towns in America has stuck a pin in thousands of abandoned burgs and not just in the West. They're all over the place, sitting derelict and waiting for tourists . . . or victims. Whether you seek someplace to haunt on vacation or want the place to dredge up dread in your GURPS Old West players' imaginations, this is your one-horse-stop to cover the country in creepy atmosphere and maybe a little learning.
-- Suggested by David Waldron
November 17, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: What Shape Will Society Take?
Maybe they've used too much finesse, maybe not enough, but it's hard to tell what Vi Hart and Nicky Case are driving at. Do they inform you the perils of racism? Would they have you support STEM in your community? What's their angle? Their sphere of influence appears to be all things geometrical, summed up in two glorious dimensions in the Parable of the Polygons.
Can you make the Squares and Triangles happy? All you have to do is put them next to more of their own kind. Oh, they're not shapist, they just like a little of the familiar. But moving one makes another unhappy so you have to move them to a new home and . . . well, if you're not careful, eventually everyone gets bent out of shape. Part video game, part social experiment, part community commentary, part coding exercise, it can be all these things and more. Happiness takes many forms; let it into your circle.
-- Suggested by Josh Meyer