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The Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker: A Well Traveled Woodpecker

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker: A Well Traveled Woodpecker The yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) is a woodpecker that has a wide range across North America. In summer, the sapsucker can be found as far north as Alaska, Minnesota, and Nova Scotia and in winter, the birds can be found as...

The Evolution from Fossil to Monster

Humankind as a species is over 200,000 years old. We are travelers, storytellers, and connoisseurs of legends and tales. For thousands of years, mankind has entertained our children and fellow tribesmen with fables and stories of the unknown, the cryptic and the mythological. It is a...

Getting Back to Our Roots: Using interconnected plant roots as short term data transmitters

I am an Avatar the Last Airbender fanatic. I remember sitting on the couch awestruck watching the final battle between Ozai and Aang. Avatar the Last Airbender never left my heart and I was absolutely delighted to see Netflix’s revival of the show this year. When the...

Three Dog Star Night (Part 1)

I am just old enough to remember a time when most textbooks only spoke of exoplanets (i.e. those outside our solar system) in the hypothetical sense, their existence taken as an assumption rather than demonstrable fact, while the question of whether our 8-planet solar system was typical...

Three Dog Star Night (Part 2)

Welcome back to our discussion on the Drake Equation and the Fermi Paradox! If you haven’t read part 1 already, it goes without saying that you should start there! This time around, we will be discussing what we know about habitable planets… or at least what we...

Can diapers improve agricultural management?

     Ever wondered how diapers can hold and absorb so much liquid?  The simple answer is hydrogels.  Disposable diapers have been on the rise in popularity in recent years because of their ease of use.  Unfortunately with the sudden increase in popularity of diapers,  waste management...

Insect robots: How do they fly?

  “How do airplanes stay afloat?” “The same way a bird stays afloat.” When we give that answer to a kid, we fondly realize the connection between nature’s creatures and machines, and that the nature influenced creation of many machines from time to time. That is why the Wright brothers...

The Undersea Bone Devourer

Osedax, from the Latin os, oris (bone) and edāx, edācis (devourer), is a genus of undersea worms that consumes bone. A genus (which is more Latin, this time for a family group) is a group of species that are similar. More distantly, the genus Osedax belongs to...

The Chemistry Behind Common Workout Supplements

In the fitness community, novice and expert athletes alike, are continually searching for supplements that will give an athletic edge in their workouts. There are many athletes, especially newer and younger ones, that are ingesting supplements without actually understanding what the supplements are doing to their bodies....

Neuromyths: What We Know, and What We Think We Know

TAKE THE QUIZ HERE: https://www.tryinteract.com/share/quiz/5f7fc0088a3cf300140577ed Neuroscience is an ancient subject, but a very young science.  What I mean by that is, while people have been fascinated with the concepts relating to the mind and consciousness for as long as we have recorded records, the scientific, empirically supported study of...

Milk’s environmental impact

     A big misconception is that milk is taken directly from a cow and put in a bottle.  But this is not entirely true as the process of turning raw milk into consumer milk is much more complicated than that. The process has an enormous environmental...

Electric Vehicles: Will EVs make our climate better?

Electric vehicles have gained momentum in the recent years due to a considerable percentage of personal vehicle users as well as freight companies that converted from using internal combustion engine vehicles to some type of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles by definition, have at least some electric powerplant...