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The Earth Beneath Our Feet

Some people take Earth Day more literally than others. Howard Garrett is one of them. Better known as the Dirt Doctor, Garrett believes that the health of the planet begins with the earth beneath our feet; it starts with cultivating strong vibrant soil, and blossoms outwards from there."Without healthy soil, we won't have healthy plants, animals or people," says Garret over the phone from his home in Dallas, Texas, where he advocates for natural organic gardening, landscaping and living.The soil, he says, is a living entity that's frequently mistreated...

April 22, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Oil Habit Unchanged on Two-Year Anniversary of BP's Gulf of Mexico Spill

Two years ago, 11 men lost their lives as a backlash of gas exploded into the night from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. In the ensuing months, roughly 5 million barrels of oil and more than 6 billion cubic feet of natural gas spewed into the ocean from the Macondo well more than a kilometer underwater...

April 20, 2012 — David Biello

Bora's picks (April 20, 2012)

As you may have noticed, Khalil and I are posting our picks on alternate weeks. He did it last Friday, my turn is today: City of the dead: Tens of millions of people have died in New York City...

STAFFApril 20, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

The BP Oil Spill Anniversary: Opportunities to Learn

Two years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may seem a long time for some. This interval has provided partial healing of the environment and for the people whose livelihoods are dependent on the Gulf’s bounty.But two years has not been long enough for a full scientific understanding of how this large marine ecosystem was impacted by the disaster...

April 20, 2012 — Jose Lopez

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - square foot over a year, baboons, Casimir Effect, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Eld s deer and more.

A day late, but awesome - new Video of the Week!- David Haskell - The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Sewanee’s Forest - Emily Cramer - From Babies to Baboons: One Woman’s Path to Success - Jennifer Ouellette - Quantum Casimir Effect Inspires Indie Filmmakers and LHC’s Surprise Visitor: Kern the Globe-Trotting Gnome - Ilana Yurkiewicz - In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day: the misuse and abuse of the Nazi analogy in modern bioethics - Darren Naish - Eld’s deer: endangered, persisting in fragmented populations, and morphologically weird… but it wasn’t always so - Maria Konnikova - The Storytelling Animal: A Conversation with Jonathan Gottschall - Bora Zivkovic - Introducing: Nadia Drake - John R...

STAFFApril 20, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Geese May Be Helping to Spread Frog-Killing Chytrid Fungus

The frog-killing fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which causes the disease chytridiomycosis, has been blamed for about 100 amphibian extinctions around the globe since it was first observed in 1998, but clear information on exactly how it spreads has remained a mystery.Now a team of scientists working in Belgium have come up with one potential clue: the chytrid fungus may sometimes be carried to new habitats on the toes of waterfowl such as geese.According to research published April 13 in the journal PLoS One , geese are "potential environmental reservoirs" for the Bd fungus, because waterfowl and amphibians often co-occur in the same habitats...

April 19, 2012 — John R. Platt

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