#hdr of some #architecture from #Heidelberg, #Germany
The Fortress in Würzburg. We stayed in the hostel just below it, looking up at it across a hill of grapes. Franconia has a lot of white wine.
Lots of cool critters in Heidelberg, Germany. Check out this giant beetle we found on Philosopher’s Way.
Sometimes a bio-inspired engineer like me has to do some actual field biology. Tonight, we were lucky to find the army ants relatively quickly. Tomorrow, we head for the Aphaenogaster nests.
Seats at a Spring training game are much better than you would get during the normal season… And these were pretty cheap!
This is a photo from Simon Garnier’s lab at NJIT. With Chris Reid and Courtney Rockenbach, they’re trying to rigorously characterize the process of bridge building in army ants (Eciton in particular). They’ve induced them to make bridges up to 12cm in length (that’s about 12 body lengths).
[ taken from https://twitter.com/sjmgarnier/status/444550437111607296 ]
It was 81 degrees in the apartment when we got home at 6pm today, March 9. I guess air-conditioning season is emerging. Fortunately for us, we don’t have daylight savings time in Arizona. Still, our poor dog has to deal with the heat at home. :(
Artificial bird bath? Somehow I think it is wet enough in Portland not to need these fountains… (update: apparently they are water fountains… I wonder about the hygiene…)