Fight, Flight, or Loll

We were out early at Drake’s Beach in West Marin, California, under changeable skies. It was low tide, and we were the only bipeds around – the parking lot completely empty, no stray campers or hikers, we had the place to ourselves, at least when it came to other humans. And while there were fewer…

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Rendering Unseen Stories

I was recently alerted to this lovely collection of maps on Canva – a collection that isn’t meant to provide physical directions but to provide inspiration for design. Map-making has almost always been a way of┬átelling stories at least as much as it has been a way to find places.   This particular collection, which…

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Fast Learners

I shouldn’t have been all that surprised this week when the news came out that Physarum polycephalum, also known as slime mold, has now been shown to be capable of learning. At least, it has been proven that P. polycephalum is able to habituate – i.e. when an animal, after a period of exposure to…

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