Spider Goats to the Rescue?

Science is moving along at an alarming rate. Miss a couple of issues of Popular Science and you are left in the dust, completely unaware of advances that will change the world, or so the scientists would have you believe. Whether these changes are for the good or to the detriment of mankind, only time will … » Read the rest

The Problem With Superbugs

It happened while I was watching a show about GMOs or genetically modified organisms. The consensus was, no one knows how GMOs will affect human life. Whether it will do good or bad, bring health or death to humans. Studies that have been done have been discounted by one side, held as gospel by the other. … » Read the rest

Bee City USA

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade, you have heard the alarming news that bees are disappearing. Since reports of Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, began wiping out whole colonies of the insects around 2006, an alarm began to be sounded not just among bee keepers, but also anyone who likes … » Read the rest

Working Insects

This one falls under the “I thought I had seen everything” category. I thought there was nothing left in this world that was so strange, new or bizarre to absolutely astonish me. Nothing. Until I heard about the cyborg cockroaches with surveillance backpacks. Huh. Okay, so I haven’t seen everything.

There is a team of scientists … » Read the rest

Death of a Forest

“I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.”
I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Kilmer, trees are wonderful. Who doesn’t love a beautiful tree? So versatile, they give you beautiful blossoms in the spring, shade in the summer, fruit in the fall, offer refuge to birds and animals and the very best … » Read the rest

Orange Butterfly Blues

Its not often you see the government being sued because of its lack of protection for an insect, but this is what has happened this week with the monarch butterfly. An environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council has sued the Environmental Protection Agency for allowing an extreme depletion of the butterfly.

Beautiful Insects

Butterflies are … » Read the rest

Weather Prediction in the Natural World

Everyone knows it’s all a bit of fun, something to look forward to in the middle of winter. No one actually puts stock in a rodent predicting the weather, especially when the test is whether or not he sees his shadow. This year it was overcast and he still saw his shadow, go figure.

“Old Wives … » Read the rest

Pets or Pests

Pets. Almost everyone has at least one. A cute fuzzy kitty or a floppy eared hound dog, a fluffy bunny or even a happy, talking bird. I had a turtle once, won it at a school Fun Fair. It escaped from its bowl and strangely, was never found again. Animals are beloved because they give us … » Read the rest

The End of Mosquitoes?

GMO – Genetically modified organisms. Just the mention of it can send shivers up the spine of a wary consumer. A poll done recently showed 52% of those polled think that GMO foods are unsafe to eat and a whopping 93% said that any food with ingredients that have been “bio-engineered” should feature a label indicating » Read the rest

Gone Batty!

It is a most unfortunate tendency of humans to not appreciate what we have till its gone. Seems like we are so focused on solving an immediate problem that we do not have the foresight to envision what effects that fix might have on things around it.

For instance, it wasn’t until honey bees started dying … » Read the rest