Fish and coral-eating polychaete worms can cause destruction in otherwise peaceful fish tanks. Read about it here.
Does William Dembski really explain these things with his maths? What was God thinking then?
Tip of the old scrub brush and a shake of the old lobster trap to Pharyngula.
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Texas holds more than its share of nasty pests: Imported Argentine Fire Ants, Canadian thistle, zebra mussels, creationists — and now, Rasberry Crazy Ants, Paratrechina sp. nr. pubens.
(Hey, Texas A&M spells it “Rasberry” without a “p,” so do I. It’s named after Pearland, Texas, exterminator Tom Rasberry, who first identified the Texas pest.)
Remember the wonderful old Japanese monster movies, where monsters from past Tokyo ransackings would return to fight the new monsters? Texas could use a good Godzilla or two.
Texas A&M’s Center for Urban and Structural Entomology has an extensive information and warning piece out on the beasts — reprinted for you below the fold.
Look what else you can find:
- A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story on Rasberry crazy ants, in yesterday’s Seattle Times
- Scientific American story saying Rasberry crazy ants threaten honeybee hives
- May 2008 story about the ants in Texas, from the Houston Chronicle
- KOCO Channel 5 (Oklahoma) wonders if the ants are headed to Oklahoma, but finds a local ant that might be nearly as bad — claims that the new ants eat fire ants
Good teachers constantly search for good ideas and effective ways to make learning fun, efficient and thorough. So the search for new material and new ideas is constant.
Same on the web. Where are the good blogs? Where are the useful blogs? (Many days readers here ask those questions repeatedly.)
You’re a teacher, parent, or administrator? Take a look at this open thread at Clay Burrell’s Beyond Teaching (“I hate schooliness. I love learning.”) Clay asked for recommendations on favorite blogs about 21st century teaching.
Isn’t it astounding how many new, good teacher blogs show up every year? I found a dozen new sources in a few minutes.