Animal Adoptions – Fitness, Altruism, and Feelings

One of my weirdest experiences as a scientist was doing a maternity test on an elk. A female elk wearing a Jasper National Park ear tag had been found on an Alberta elk farm. Since it’s illegal to keep wild animals in captivity, that was pretty clear evidence of a crime. What was less clear was whether the calf she was mothering belonged to her. Wildlife officers said yes – the rancher had “kidnapped” two elk. The rancher said no way – that baby had been born to one of his captive elk, and legally belonged to him. A DNA test...

Was The Neverending Story Always That Bad, or Did I Just Get Old?

I’m talking about the movie here, not the book, although this may apply to the book too, for all I know. I loved The Neverending Story when I was a kid. LOVED. I sobbed my eyes out when Atreyu’s beautiful white horse sank into the mud, and my brother and I desperately wanted a “puppy dog dragon” of our very own. I had such fond memories of that dragon, I actually named a laptop after him. In the spirit of childhood nostalgia, I tried to watch the movie on DVD this week. It did not go well. Here’s my first problem with...

A Total Husband Thing to Do

Me: Can you stop at the grocery store on your way home? Tech Support: Sure! Me: There are only three items. Here’s a list. *Tech Support takes list, exits* *Tech Support returns several hours later with four full grocery bags* Me: *unpacks bags, finds many intriguing items, only one of which was on the list* So what happened here? Tech Support: Why? Did I forget something? Me: Two somethings. And both of them were bacon. What totally cliche thing has your spouse done lately? 😀