Life, the Universe and Everything


bean sprouts growing in the drain

Of Bean Sprouts and Frogosaurs: (Plant) Life Finds a Way

Remember that scene in Jurassic Park where Sam Neill discovers that the female frogosaurs have figured out how to change gender, leading to the production of baby frogosaurs, which will now endanger all of humanity because “Life finds a ... Read More  

Signing at Blackberry Cove

Images from the Road: A Book Tour in Pictures

The Alberta and British Columbia segments of my Fox Talk book tour are complete, and I’d like to thank everyone who hosted, supported, and came out to meet me. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to ... Read More  

Humpback Whale Migration by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

I’m Back and I Brought Whales!

Unfortunately, I did not personally see these whales, although Tech Support (now also known as “Book Tour Roadie”) saw a humpback one morning while I was sleeping in. Next time I visit Vancouver Island, I’ll try to spend less ... Read More  

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Random Acts of Irony – Volume 1

I have this theory that irony is a stronger force in the universe than gravity. It seems to crop up pretty regularly in my own life, at least, which might be why I tend to pick up on examples ... Read More  

baby tiger

Because Sometimes You Just Want a Picture of a Cute Cat

This is Ares. What do you think is going through his mind right now? Submit your captions in the comments, and I will blatantly pilfer my favorite to create a Facebook meme. Kidding – I will totally give you ... Read More  

digital fly

Evolution – Not Just for Carbon-Based Life Forms Anymore

For the last 20 years or so, scientists have been studying evolution using a new kind of life form – a digital one. Originally inspired by computer viruses, digital organisms (DOs) are programs designed to replicate their own code. ... Read More  

Miracle Max, The Princess Bride

Why Don’t You Give Me A Nice Paper Cut and Pour Lemon Juice All Over It?

This is my Uncle Ted. When I was a kid, he gave me a box of his favorite fantasy novels – the first I’d ever read – and can therefore be blamed for my lingering desire to write some ... Read More  

Domestic foxes playing

Domestic Foxes in Action!

My publisher created this lovely trailer for FOX TALK using video that Brian Dust (also known as “hubby” or, more often, “Tech Support”) shot while we visited Featuring Animals this past February. I’m the one wielding the SLR, but ... Read More  

boy holding a protest sign demanding peer review

Captain Underpants and the Quest for Science Literacy

I’ve been spreading this video around the interwebs since writer-friend Ishta Mercurio first uploaded it to YouTube, because it really is completely perfect. So for this edition of Mad Scientist Monday, here it is again: So what do you ... Read More  

Fox Talk: How Some Very Special Animals Helped Scientists Understand Communication by LE Carmichael Book Cover

The Book Tour Begins!

As I’ll be touring with FOX TALK for the next couple of weeks, a couple of announcements: Blog posts will go up as always, but it might take me a little longer to respond to comments. I’d still love ... Read More  

balloons and gifts

The Talk About Fox Talk Contest – WINNERS!

After compiling all the entries in the order received, I used a random number generator┬áto select the winners. And those winners are…. *drumroll* KIM CLEARY – winner of an autographed copy of FOX TALK! PAULA MORROW – winner of ... Read More  

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Last Chance to Enter!

The Talk About Fox Talk Contest ends at 12:01 AM tomorrow – comment now to enter! For commenting inspiration, I offer adorableness: And also this question: If you could have any wild creature as a pet, what would it ... Read More  

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Frisky Foxes and Fuzzy Dice

My dad worked for the same company most of his adult life. He was good at his job, and enjoyed it until the last few years, when the priorities of said company began to change. By this time a ... Read More  

bulldog

Ten Random (But Fascinating) Facts About Dogs and Domestication

1. Dogs were the first domestic animal species. Unambiguous archaeological evidence for dogs is about 12,000 years old, but domestication may have started 20,000 years or more before that. 2. Ancient Egyptians had at least three dog breeds: a ... Read More  

back to the 80s

Air Band, Neon, and Giggles: The Link Between Music and Memory

I have a confession to make: I hate radio. Not music – I love music. My life has a running soundtrack that plays in my head. And, okay, quite often breaks out of my head in spontaneous bursts of ... Read More  

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Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Ever since I’ve been dairy-free, cheese and ice cream are the foods I miss the most. Luckily, writer-friend Ishta Mercurio shared her coconut ice cream recipe with me, which I tweaked and tested this weekend. It came out rich ... Read More  

cow grazing

How to Grow A Burger in the Lab

I can’t post the video here for copyright reasons, but you should all go to the BBC right now and watch this incredible video about a lab that’s growing edible burgers from cow stem cells. Then come back here ... Read More