Animal Farmers

Thousands of years ago, farming revolutionized human societies. It allowed us to settle in one place and to have surplus food, freeing some people to pursue other specialized labor. Populations grew, cities flourished. Today, it is impossible to think about life without agriculture. But did you know that some animals have been farming for much longer […]

The Week in Science News

Check out some of last week’s most interesting news stories: 1. Generating Power from Polluted Air Air pollution is a major environmental issue, and a cause of health problems affecting millions of people globally. Fuel combustion is one of the main causes of air pollution, and scientists are earnestly trying to find solutions for air remediation, […]

The Week in Science News

Check out this week’s summary of some of the most interesting science news: 1. Killing Bacteria with…Paper? Scientists from Rutger’s University have developed a new flexible, portable and disposable device for killing bacteria using metallized paper. It consists of stacked layers of paper covered with aluminum in a honeycomb pattern. When high voltage is applied, plasma is generated. […]

The Threat of Invasive Species – or Why You Shouldn’t Release Your Goldfish in the River

An ecosystem is a complex web of interactions between different organisms and their environment. The interactions between species have often been tuned by years of co-evolution, resulting in specialized defense mechanisms and adaptations to their specific environment. When a non-native species is introduced, it has the potential to become very disruptive. How are exotic species […]

The Week in Science News

Check out some of the most interesting science news published this week: 1. Plastic-Eating Caterpillar It’s one of those scientific discoveries that happened entirely by accident. Federica Bertocchini was busy removing waxworms from her honey beehives when she noticed that the plastic bag where she was collecting the caterpillars had become riddled with holes. The caterpillars were […]

The Week in Science News

Hi! Here is a brief roundup of some of the week’s most interesting science news. Enjoy! 1. Giant Worm-like Organism Discovered A giant, worm-like mollusk has been described for the first time, and it is the weirdest thing you have seen. The organism, Kuphus polythalamia, is a member of the shipworm family, long bivalved marine mollusks […]

Diving with Bull Sharks

Resting on the sandy bottom, digging my hands into it to anchor myself against the current, I could see them slowly circling around us. I was trying to make out the silhouette of one cut against the deep blue of the sea, the only sound that of the bubbles coming from our regulators. A fellow […]

Interesting Findings About Corals

Riding along with the current across the pristine clear waters, it was like being in a giant swimming pool, only infinitely more exciting. This was our last dive before completing our Open Water SCUBA Diving certificate, and definitely the most exciting. I’d fallen in love with the underwater world 12 years prior while snorkeling over the reef off […]

The Power of Snake Venoms

The king was down! Dropping everything, he had followed his master into the rain, through the throngs of soldiers, into the confusion of battle. The air stank of death. The king was bleeding profusely, there was no time to lose. Working quickly, they applied the venom over the wound and …the bleeding had stopped. The King […]