The Complex Nervous Systems of Lobsters

Introduction When scrolling through this week’s publication, this article might seem like the most random one of all. Why does a lobster’s nervous system even matter? Well, not only are lobsters some of the most fascinating creatures on this planet, but their surprisingly complex nervous systems, comparable to those of humans, are not only the foundations of multiple research studies, but the origin of the … Continue reading The Complex Nervous Systems of Lobsters

Climate Change: How it Affects the Human Body

The weather and climate have obvious impacts on human health, but the change in climate is what can have a serious impact. The seriousness and type of health issues vary from person to person. Things such as the climbing of temperatures, increases in the extremeness and frequency of weather events, and rising sea levels are all just some of the factors that affect people’s health … Continue reading Climate Change: How it Affects the Human Body

Part of the World May Experience Desert-Like Temperatures by 2070

The World Economic Forum announced that at least 3 billion people could live in places as hot as the Sahara Desert by 2070. Scientists have also stated that conditions could be almost “unlivable” if crucial actions are not taken to stop climate change. Scientists from all over the world collaborated to analyze the rising global temperatures and compare them to past climatic conditions. Their findings … Continue reading Part of the World May Experience Desert-Like Temperatures by 2070

Meet Bear 747: Champion of Fat Bear Week

Perhaps the bears at Katmai National Park in Alaska have somehow sensed that 2020 is a stressful year to be hibernating through, or so their legendary weight gain over the past 7 days of Fat Bear Week seems to suggest. This year’s iteration of the completely real holiday that we brought to you last week drew widespread public enthusiasm and tens of thousands of votes … Continue reading Meet Bear 747: Champion of Fat Bear Week

Take a Break From 2020 During Fat Bear Week, A Completely Real Holiday

At this point it seems fair to say that, as years go, 2020 is pretty depressing. So depressing, in fact, that at times curling up with a good book and plenty of blankets and proceeding to sleep through the second and third marking periods can seem pretty appealing. Unfortunately humans cannot hibernate our problems away, but bears can! And lets be real, watching chubby bears … Continue reading Take a Break From 2020 During Fat Bear Week, A Completely Real Holiday

The 100 Year Story of the Last Farm in Grand Rapids

As I arrived at the Kids’ Food Basket farm to volunteer I was reminded of a scene from Andy Weir’s bestselling novel, and later movie, The Martian. That might sound odd, but it really was what first struck me about the farm. As on Weir’s fictional Mars, volunteers were working hard under the beating sun to make improbable green shoots sprout from the cracked, dry … Continue reading The 100 Year Story of the Last Farm in Grand Rapids

Global Carbon Emissions Have Dropped by 17% During COVID-19 Shutdowns

It has been nearly nine weeks since Michigan schools shut down, and many other countries around the world shut down well before that. Since the beginning of quarantine, scientists have been predicting that the shutdowns will have a significant effect on the environment, but a new study in the journal Nature provides concrete evidence for those claims. Scientists have discovered that as driving, airplane travel, … Continue reading Global Carbon Emissions Have Dropped by 17% During COVID-19 Shutdowns

What is a Murder Hornet?

2020 is beginning to seem a bit cursed. Our recent headlines have been a bit doom and gloom, first a global pandemic, then increasing quarantines and shutdowns, then desperate koalas, and so much more. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that we now have something new to worry about, “murder hornets”. As the name suggests, these insects are far from cute and cuddly. … Continue reading What is a Murder Hornet?

Turns Out Koalas Lick Trees

With all the worries of our personal COVID-19 quarantine, it can be easy to forget how the pandemic is affecting the wider world. Last week we talked about the Forgotten Role of Plants, so this week we are checking in with animals. Weird stuff has been happening in the animal kingdom since long before the COVID-19 pandemic set in. Even though humans are staying inside, … Continue reading Turns Out Koalas Lick Trees