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Social media.  A term defined by Merriam-Webster as forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content.  Sounds like a great concept, right?  In most ways, social media is indeed great.  It can be a...

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is held annually on the fourth Saturday in September and is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands.  It is also a day where entrance fees are waived at all national and state parks.  This day is coordinated...

Most commonly known for being critical pollinators for flowers, fruits, and vegetables and their ability to produce honey, honeybees and specifically their behaviors as a colony are the focus of a new Harvard University study recently published in Nature Physics.  Before going into more detail about...

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, one third of Earth’s produce is never consumed and 2.9 trillion pounds of food are wasted worldwide annually. A fairly large contributor to this issue falls on supermarkets and their rather strict aesthetic standards for...

The summer of 2018 has proven to be one of the hottest on record in the United Kingdom and most of northern and western Europe.  Weather patterns in Europe are often determined by the jet stream, which are west-to-east winds.  These winds have been further...

Brilliantly blue in color with bright yellow accents around the eyes and beak, the hyacinth macaw is a magnificent sight to see soaring over its native lands of Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.  But unfortunately this sight is becoming more and more rare every year. The hyacinth...

Charismatic megafauna. To someone who has never heard these words together, it can sound like complicated scientific jargon.  Also known as flagship species, charismatic megafauna is used to describe an animal that is often portrayed as the “poster child” in advertising for zoos and conservation groups. Although...

Did you know every year at least 7.3 million tons of marine life are caught incidentally during fishing practices?  Most fisheries have target species for capture; and unfortunately, other animals that are not the target end up becoming hooked or trapped from unavoidable entanglement or...

The Gulf of Mexico’s shame is its ever-growing oxygen-depleted “dead zone” radiating for 8,776 square miles from the mouth of the Mississippi river, an area large enough to blanket the state of New Jersey.  The largest hypoxic area in the western hemisphere, the Gulf of...