May 26, 2011

An Ancient Spider's 3D video!

Well, it's hard to resist embedding this video of an ancient spider in 3D yet hopefully scientists have no plan to resusitate such ancient arachnids by cloning their DNA as they do for woolly mammoths!

Oh dear. Now the spider poetry muse has landed, web and it feelin' itchy it here to you?

Yo! ancient spider in 3D
don't land upon my arm or knee
nor spin a web around my desk
you may be old but still a pest.

jc 2011

Now in a spirit of equal time for ancient creatures, this blog shall have a new Ode to a Woolly Mammoth for May 26, 2011...

If woolly mammoths run about
updating FaceBook pages
the rest of us shall scream and shout
avoiding all their rages!

jc 2011


A note concerning the above video: yes, the misspelling of 'yields' bugs me, too! jc

May 14, 2011

Will Cloned Mice Aid a Woolly Mammoth Return?

Do you suppose that the ongoing nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Japan has slowed scientists' efforts to clone a woolly mammoth?

Well, in January 2011 it was reported that Prof. Akira Iritani of Tokyo University thinks he has a "reasonable chance" of cloning an Ice Age mammoth within a few years by using what has been learned from cloned mouse cells. The earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear disaster occurred after the article appeared in January so we must await further news and developments.

While we wait, a new Ode to a Woolly Mammoth bubbles up from my unconscious and it wants to meet you. So you must stop reading HERE if you wish to avoid another of my fretful rhymes!

No woolly mammoth coming here
I hope that I am right
if Science clones the big 'uns back
they'll stomp too loud at night.

jc 2011
And who could sleep through all that racket, right? My preference is to think of the excellent woolly mammoth all curled up in history's lap as he snoozes through eternity, his job on Earth long done!