Peek-a-Boo! God and The Bornean Rainbow Toad

Wrap your mind around this (can you see it?).  It's a Bornean Rainbow Toad.God, in His infinite wisdom and creativity, designed a panoply of creatures so diverse, so fantastic, so colorful, so… well, so HUNGRY.And because no one—not even a lowly amphibian—likes to be someone else’s lunch, God thought up a bunch of cool ways to hide. It’s called “cryptic camouflage” and it allows a toad or a moth or a caterpillar to blend into the environment so well that a hawk or a sand crane is unlike … [Read more...]

Man Sues Wife Over Ugly Baby—And Wins!

Ugly Baby Lawsuit

Just so you know:  I am tucking this into my big fat manila file of Really Sad Stories. A man in China has sued his ex-wife for giving birth to what he called an "incredibly ugly" baby girl. "I married my wife out of love,” Jian Feng told the Irish Times.  “But as soon as we had our first daughter, we began having marital issues.  Our daughter was incredibly ugly, to the point where it horrified me." At first, Feng thought that his wife had been unfaithful and the baby wasn’t his—beca … [Read more...]

Reimagining Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam

The Birth of Artificial Intelligence

"Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving." —Johann Wolfgang Goethe, 23 August 1787I love the Sistine Chapel:  that jewel of the Vatican, repository of some of the best art of the Renaissance:  the dramatic frescoes on the life of Moses and the life of Christ, painted by Perugino, Botticelli, and Ghirlandaio; the papal portraits; the trompe l’oeil draperies which adorn the walls—all inspire and amaze.Since 1483, … [Read more...]