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So Long, Culturing Science

So Long, Culturing Science

This is my last post on Culturing Science. I’m leaving the network as Scientific American is taking it in a new direction. Thank you for reading my writing on ecology, conservation and whatever else over the past four years...

December 15, 2014 — Hannah Waters

Weather Radar Captures Flocks of Birds Taking Off

Several times a week, if not every day, I look at Doppler radar maps so I know whether to take an umbrella when I leave the house. These maps, shown on TV weather reports or websites, are commonplace enough that they don’t feel like impressive technology: mere green blobs slowly shifting across the screen at [...]..

September 24, 2014 — Hannah Waters
Our Biases in the Gulf’s Recovery from the Oil Spill

Our Biases in the Gulf’s Recovery from the Oil Spill

Last month, I set out to write a fairly basic story about the Gulf oil spill and whether the oil really caused deformities in fish. I first called an oil chemist to get some background on how oil could cause those problems in the first place...

April 22, 2014 — Hannah Waters

Glacial Poetry: Photos Don’t Do Them Justice

I have never seen a glacier (or any sea ice for that matter) in real life, though I’ve seen them in countless photos. I’m spellbound by James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey, at the shapes and scale of ice in the Arctic...

April 10, 2014 — Hannah Waters
Warming Gives Us One More Month of Flowers in the Rockies

Warming Gives Us One More Month of Flowers in the Rockies

No matter the temperature, I don’t consider it to be really spring until I spot the first spring beauties of the year. These sweet whitish/pinkish mid-Atlantic florets (Claytonia virginica) are among the first to stretch out of the mud and leaf litter to add a spritely touch to an otherwise brown woodscape...

March 18, 2014 — Hannah Waters

The Epic Battle of Crab vs. Crab

Fiddler crabs are strange little beasties. Males have what amounts to one giant claw, which can be as long as his body is wide, and one tiny T.

September 6, 2013 — Hannah Waters
How One Little Molecule Influences Earth’s Climate

How One Little Molecule Influences Earth’s Climate

A seemingly humdrum little molecule has found itself responsible for not just one but two positive feedback loops, one moderating climate and the other gathering animals across the food web...

August 30, 2013 — Hannah Waters

What The Ruling on Gene Patenting Means

Although I mostly think about conservation, ecology and nature, I have a soft spot for medicine and, in particular, genetics. It's partly due to my own family history and experience, partly my interest in how people think about medicine and death, and partly my 6-month internship at Nature Medicine , which began more than two years ago this month...

June 17, 2013 — Hannah Waters

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