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Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]

Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]

As a middle school student in Tallahassee, Florida, Kelly Caylor built a weather balloon for the science fair. Decades later, he's distributing high-tech environmental sensors, or "pods," throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

April 10, 2015 — Kerry Klein

What about Earth’s Microbiome?

The latest temperature readings from Antarctica are giving the world pause, along with the finding that 70 percent of the western Antarctic ice shelf has melted.

April 22, 2015 — Raina Maier

How To Grow a Patagonian Red Octopus

Octopuses are tricky animals to keep in captivity. They’re smart, strong and slinky. But surely their eggs much be easier--being naturally contained and all.

March 30, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
The ‘ghosts’ of extinct birds in modern ecosystems

The ‘ghosts’ of extinct birds in modern ecosystems

It needs to be better appreciated that the vast majority of modern ecosystems and communities are broken or, at least, very much incomplete compared to the situation present within very recent geological history: they lack an often significant number of key component species including some, many or all of the so-called keystone species.

December 13, 2013 — Darren Naish

Botanical Sexism Cultivates Home-Grown Allergies

It's the time year for watery eyes and itchy noses, and if you're among the afflicted, you may be surprised to learn that decades of botanical sexism in urban landscapes have contributed to your woes.

April 29, 2015 — Thomas Leo Ogren
Happy International Octopus Day!

Happy International Octopus Day!

October 8 is International Octopus day (naturally)—and kicks off International Cephalopod Awareness Days. Perhaps I am a little biased, having written a book about them, but I think these animals deserve at least one day of celebration.

October 8, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Let's Expand Terrestrial Parks into the Ocean

Let's Expand Terrestrial Parks into the Ocean

"A land ethic," the great naturalist writer Aldo Leopold observed toward the end of his famous Sand County Almanac, "reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of land." This philosophy of care for the earth's ecosystems and species provides one of the [...]

December 10, 2014 — Caleb McClennen

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle is a Glamour Woman of the Year

Her Deepness. The Sturgeon General. And now: Glamour Girl. On Monday night, renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle earned a new moniker when she joined eight others in receiving a 2014 Glamour Woman of the Year Award at a celebrity-packed Carnegie Hall.

November 14, 2014 — Maia Weinstock
Urban Science Adventure: Get to Know National Public Lands

Urban Science Adventure: Get to Know National Public Lands

Last week and half  was the 21st annual celebration of National Public Lands Day. Public lands are all of those lands that belong to the public such as parks, forests, grasslands, scenic by-ways and waterways.

October 7, 2014 — DNLee
Urban Science Adventure: Be on the look out for squirrels and dreys

Urban Science Adventure: Be on the look out for squirrels and dreys

This post was originally published at Urban Science Adventures! © on January 23, 2009 as Urban Wildlife Watch: Squirrels and Dreys. ************************* Squirrels are rodents, so that means they are cousins to chipmunks, mice, rats, voles, and beavers.

September 2, 2014 — DNLee

"Gene Drives" And CRISPR Could Revolutionize Ecosystem Management

A note from the authors: With this guest blog post we want to share the key features of an innovative method for the high-precision genome editing of wild populations that has been outlined by our team at the Wyss Institute, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

July 17, 2014 — Kevin Esvelt, George Church and Jeantine Lunshof
First Octopus Farms Get Growing

First Octopus Farms Get Growing

Fish farms now produce million tons of fish each year around the globe. But octopuses have largely escaped this kind of confined aquaculturing, despite a growing global demand and overfishing.

September 24, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage

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