Discover Mag: Want to avoid malaria? Just wear a chicken.
Some smell chicken. I smell business opportunity.
PS Mag: The Sand Fire in Santa Clarita Offers Omens of a Fiery Future.
“Southern California’s latest wildfire is a sign of things to come.” Um, no. Las Conchas was. To be honest, I think Cerro Grande  was the harbinger. But Las Conchas burned roughly 1 acre per second - 43,000 acres - on the first day. Because we’re not near either of the two coasts, apparently precedent doesn’t matter.
Atlas Obscura: Photographing a Superpod of Sperm Whales.
Guardian.UK: South African super-telescope reveals distant galaxies and black holes.
San Antonio Exp/News: Woman falls to her death at Grand Canyon after posting image on cliff’s edge.
“She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to kind of squeeze in, and unfortunately, Colleen kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backwards, fell into the canyon.” Frankly, I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often. Ever been there to see a sunrise? People climb out all over the cliffs, hanging on by fingernails. I almost couldn’t watch the sunrise for worrying about multiple imminent deaths. It’s one thing for an adult to endeavor to win a Darwin Award, but when they take their toddlers/babies with them? [*shudder*]
SciAm: What Makes Spiders Scary.
I had a disturbing dream the other day ... flying tarantula-sized bloodsucking spiders. Hordes of them. With a particular style of orange hair ...
SF New Mexican: Group seeks to restore historic forest fire lookout tower.
“The proposed project would restore this National Historic Place and launch the Santa Fe National Forest’s cabin rental program to share these spectacular views with the public and bring revenue to the forest for maintenance, recreation and future projects.” It’s about time!
SciAm: Antarctic Ozone Hole Is on the Mend.
Good news. A rare thing these days.
Thought Merchants: Kauai and the Nā Pali coast by helicopter.
One of my favorite things I’ve ever done. If you visit Kauai, you HAVE to do it. And spend the extra cash on the longer flight - worth every penny.
DYT: Wedding Photo Shoot Goes Wrong After A Snake Makes A Surprise Appearance.
And you may think you’ve had a bad day. Make your photog walk the area first. Tripods and monopods are particularly good for ‘snake’ attractors, esp. if they’ve been out in the sun for a bit (snakes like to hit hotspots).
Atlas Obscura: Huge New Trove of ‘Life-Saving’ Helium Is Discovered.
Cool. And hot (volcanos).
TPM: SCOTUS Rules 5-3 In Favor Of Abortion Rights In Major Texas Case.
I can’t be impartial here. Once one has seen/experienced the horror of cephalic disorders [nightmare-producing; don’t click if sensitive], one knows the absolute, inviolable necessity of abortion, ‘late term’ abortion, and women’s right to control their own bodies.
Later: This will, of course, turn the volume knob to ‘11’ for conservatives over the Presidential election. Justice choice will become the ‘excuse’ to vote for a miserable, unqualified candidate. Mark my words. At least, for the next couple of weeks.
Atlas Obscura: Scottish Birds Continue Stealing Large Amounts of Underwear.
Jury’s out on whether they’ll still steal domestically-manufactured skivvies.
SFR: Major resources on tap to fight fire that began Thursday in the Santa Fe Watershed.
NMFireInfo: Battleship Fire on Santa Fe National Forest.
Shit. There’s no other word for it. Be safe, firecrews.
APOD: 2016 June 20 - Sunrise Solstice over Stonehenge.
Nice. Could be a PS job, but nice. (One must remain skeptical these days.)
No thanks. Why take the same photo 100 others are taking? I don’t get it.
Mashable: Brutal and prolonged heat wave about to hit the Southwest.
Yeah, we heard. Not wild about it.
Smoke from the Dog Head Fire blankets our area.
I walked out to check the horizon. Can barely see the Jemez Mountains. Sandia Crest is obscured, as are the Manzanos (where the fire actually is).
I couldn’t believe it though - two people jogging, and a couple of bicyclists? Crazy. I stupidly went out during the last days of Las Conchas on my bike, drew enough into my lungs to be hacking up black stuff for a day and a half.
Experience talking - just DON’T.
BBC: Yellowstone National Park - Man dies after falling into hot spring.
Roads & Kingdoms: A Forest Built By Hand.
New Scientist: Electric eels seen leaping out of water to attack land predators.
That’s a nightmare right there, yessirreebob.
Mama Nature’s being dramatic [photo].
Given all that drama, you’d expect a gullywasher. We’ve still got dry spots! Not fair to tease, Mother Nature.
Phaidon: Animals Are Delicious.
Portland Press Herald: Hiker’s journal shows she survived for close to a month after getting lost.
“Though Largay’s family and friends described her as an experienced hiker, the wardens’ case file indicated she had a poor sense of direction, and when she made a mistake would become easily flustered.” When we get into trouble, we tend to make one grave mistake early in the process. In my case, anyway. My own mistake, years ago, was misjudging the likelihood of needing water. I suffered, mightily. Almost died for that mistake. I know better now. Mother Nature’s not a fluffy bunny. She likes to yank the rug out from under your feet. If you’re not ready, watch out. RIP. Thanks, Julian Smith on FB.