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 […]

On the Road to Mars

Interplanetary travel has been the topic of many science fiction stories, and serious scientific inquiry for years. The technological breakthroughs of the past several decades have made the possibility deep-space travel, and in particular a manned mission to Mars, now more real than ever. NASA has declared its intention of taking humans to Mars by the […]