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O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
Thursday, April 28, A.D. 2011
Mundus Pulcher

Happy Bright Thursday! Christ is risen!

Last May, I mentioned the Nature Conservancy’s photography contest in “A Glimpse of Pan.” You may see the past year’s winning shots here. The one for which I voted did not win this year, either, though it was a finalist—Jan Maguire’s capture of Yosemite Valley:

I voted for Yosemite two years in a row without realizing it. I suppose that I ought to visit. The place speaks to my heart.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, April 28, Anno Domini 2011
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Thursday, April 14, A.D. 2011
Siberian Foxes

I hope that everyone has a blessed Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday this weekend and a fruitful holy week.

A few months ago, I learnt about domesticated Siberian foxes. Russian scientist Dmitri Belyaev began the breeding program in A.D. 1959 after having lost favor with his Soviet overlords for rejecting the official Communist biology, Lysenkoism. (The Left has always been populated by fanatical tabula rasists—science and evidence be damned. Ideological egalitarianism must not concern itself with nature or facts.) Belyaev and his fellow researchers expected to see changes in each generation of foxes, but they were surprised by how quickly a species could be domesticated through carefully controlled breeding. Moreover, certain features associated with domesticated dogs such as dappled coats and curly tails began to appear. NOVA’s “Dogs and More Dogs” has an interesting segment about Belyaev’s project, as does the “The Secret Life of the Dog” from the B.B.C.

You may purchase these foxes from Russia, either directly from the Russian Institute of Cytology and Genetics or through distributors such as Sibfox, which has much information about the foxes.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, April 14, Anno Domini 2011
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