Monday, August 31, 2015

More Dispatches from Darwin: "Randy Roos", a Pig that's "Makin Bacon" and The Ever Present Threat of Crocs

Tim Berra of OSU sends more dispatches from Darwin

More Dispatches from Darwin: “Randy Roos”, a Pig that’s “Makin Bacon” and The Ever Present Threat of Crocs

Robbie Sherry for the NT Times

When Darwinians talk about crocs, they don't mean ugly shoes.  

While on a science expedition in Northern Australia, OSU biologist Tim Berra managed to send a few clips from the NT Times, which is the newspaper that serves the people of Darwin. These stories would make any reporter in Philadelphia jealous. Sure, we have Vince Fumo but Darwinians have a sex-crazed pig named Harry Trotter who’s been rampaging through town copulating with trash cans.

The Inquirer would be so all over that story. We had a loose cow in Upper Darby once, and it didn’t have to have sex with anything to make the front page. As if that weren’t news enough, Darwinians have a kangaroo flasher.

Dr. Berra also sends this wonderful essay from the Sunday version of the paper, which explains the charms of Australia’s Northern Territory.

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In pursuit of her stories, writer Faye Flam has weathered storms in Greenland, gotten frost nip at the South Pole, and floated weightless aboard NASA’s zero-g plane. She has a degree in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology and started her writing career with the Economist. She later took on the particle physics and cosmology beat at Science Magazine before coming to the Inquirer in 1995. Her previous science column, “Carnal Knowledge,” ran from 2005 to 2008. Her new column and blog, Planet of the Apes, explores the topic of evolution and runs here and in the Inquirer’s health section each Monday. Email Faye at Reach Planet of the at

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