DolphinsI found a wonderful article recently on Wired.com, which discussed scientists research into ways to communicate with alien life. The Wild Dolphin Project in Florida trains for this possible future discussion by trying to communicate with Dolphins. The groups studies dolphins from an anthropological perspective, considering things such as, are the dolphins more responsive if humans communicate "good manners" by swimming in formation with the pod first and whether they recognize a sense of self. The project sounds fascinating, and the article quotes scientists who ultimately conclude that we are not ready for extraterrestrial contact because we cannot even effectively communicate with intelligent life forms on our own planet.
One of the interesting things that I found in Lisa Rayner's book, Wild Bread, was an incredibly helpful graph that shows what sourdough starter should look like over time (Rayner 35). Since I did not want to copy her page, I decided to try to make my own. I forgot to take the most recent picture, but this is an approximation of what starter looks like:
|Directly after being fed.|
|Half way through the rising process|
|Final Stage of the Process|