Nature is as weird as it gets. Insects are filled with bright yellow blood, lizards can change sex and somebody once found a naturally preserved mummy head. It’s the odd the things in life that lift me out of the normal routines. Science can be a flying carpet ride to exotic places that really exist.
My everyday job involves writing about planets, stars and galaxies for the communications office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. It’s an amazing job and I’m lucky to have it. This blog is an experiment in letting myself stroll around through other fields of science, stopping to smell stinking “corpse” flowers, inspect fluorescent rocks, or whatever else strikes my fancy. I’m also playing around with art for the first time, and created all the drawings and photographs, many of which were enhanced with a photoshop-like program called Pixelmator.