He might have been joking, but Scientists don't joke.
Chem Teacher:So my neighbor found this dove in his yard that had broken wings and everything - it couldn't fly. So I was thinking... ya know, to maybe like... lock it in a cage or something and wait... and then I'll have a new specimen for my Forensics class.
Me:THAT IS AWFUL.
Chem Teacher:WELL my neighbor was awful when he brought that thing over to me! My kids were right there!
Chem Teacher:Yeah, why don't we just do both lessons now. Kill two birds with one stone.
These little cuties were playing in the fountains outside the Rose Center for Earth & Space last Sunday. I stopped to listen to a security guard lecture a guard in training about the importance of watching the children carefully to make sure they don’t get hurt.
Detail and whole-page gif showing the Earth’s tilt as it orbits the Sun. An appropriate picture for solstice, the point at which the Sun reaches its lowest altitude in the sky for us Northern Hemispherians on this the 21st of December. From here on out, things are looking a little brighter, at least until June. Those 23.4 degrees remain titled in the same direction as the Earth goes around the Sun, meaning the pole pointing away from the Sun while orbiting half of the year will point towards the Sun for the other half.
And if that name sounds familiar (like it does to anyone around here at the Smtihsonian), it’s because Spencer Fullerton Baird was the first curator named to the Smithsonian Institution and served as the second Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1878 to 1887. Smithsonian Archives has a great background on Baird, along with further reading, should you be interested.