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So Long, Culturing Science

So Long, Culturing Science

This is my last post on Culturing Science. I’m leaving the network as Scientific American is taking it in a new direction. Thank you for reading my writing on ecology, conservation and whatever else over the past four years...

December 15, 2014 — Hannah Waters

Weather Radar Captures Flocks of Birds Taking Off

Several times a week, if not every day, I look at Doppler radar maps so I know whether to take an umbrella when I leave the house. These maps, shown on TV weather reports or websites, are commonplace enough that they don’t feel like impressive technology: mere green blobs slowly shifting across the screen at [...]..

September 24, 2014 — Hannah Waters
Our Biases in the Gulf’s Recovery from the Oil Spill

Our Biases in the Gulf’s Recovery from the Oil Spill

Last month, I set out to write a fairly basic story about the Gulf oil spill and whether the oil really caused deformities in fish. I first called an oil chemist to get some background on how oil could cause those problems in the first place...

April 22, 2014 — Hannah Waters

Glacial Poetry: Photos Don’t Do Them Justice

I have never seen a glacier (or any sea ice for that matter) in real life, though I’ve seen them in countless photos. I’m spellbound by James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey, at the shapes and scale of ice in the Arctic...

April 10, 2014 — Hannah Waters
Warming Gives Us One More Month of Flowers in the Rockies

Warming Gives Us One More Month of Flowers in the Rockies

No matter the temperature, I don’t consider it to be really spring until I spot the first spring beauties of the year. These sweet whitish/pinkish mid-Atlantic florets (Claytonia virginica) are among the first to stretch out of the mud and leaf litter to add a spritely touch to an otherwise brown woodscape...

March 18, 2014 — Hannah Waters
How One Little Molecule Influences Earth’s Climate

How One Little Molecule Influences Earth’s Climate

A seemingly humdrum little molecule has found itself responsible for not just one but two positive feedback loops, one moderating climate and the other gathering animals across the food web...

August 30, 2013 — Hannah Waters

What The Ruling on Gene Patenting Means

Although I mostly think about conservation, ecology and nature, I have a soft spot for medicine and, in particular, genetics. It's partly due to my own family history and experience, partly my interest in how people think about medicine and death, and partly my 6-month internship at Nature Medicine , which began more than two years ago this month...

June 17, 2013 — Hannah Waters

The Swan Song of the Cicadas

After surviving cicada emergences and witnessing several cycles of journalism's cicada beat, you'd think I'd have seen it all. Articles about prime number cycling and climate change, evolution and recipes...

May 28, 2013 — Hannah Waters

Why Do Sequences Think They Are So Special?

Today’s programming on Culturing Science is brought to you by Dennis Waters. He currently serves as the historian of Lawrence Township, New Jersey when he’s not squatting near a tree trunk or gravestone collecting lichens...

May 16, 2013 — Hannah Waters

May We All Have The Option of Double Mastectomy

Today, Angelina Jolie published an Op-Ed in the New York Times about her decision to get a double mastectomy (removal of breast tissue in both breasts) to reduce her risk of breast cancer...

May 14, 2013 — Hannah Waters

Bermuda Bluebirds Aren't Native: They Moved In 400 Years Ago

The eastern bluebird ( Sialia sialis ) has lived in Bermuda as long as recent human memory can recall. It's considered a native species, and some people even consider the population to be a subspecies--the Bermuda bluebird ( Sialia sialis bermudensis )--because it looks a bit different from its mainland counterparts: its blue is a little more purple, and its orange is a bit more "cinnamon," according to a 1901 account by zoologist (and science fiction writer) Alpheus Hyatt Verrill (Volume V, Number 6).However, the idea that these birds are native to the island is reliant upon a rather unreliable source: human observation...

April 8, 2013 — Hannah Waters

The Narcissism of De-Extinction

Winner of Best Biology Blog Post of 2013 from The TedxDeExtinction conference, discussing how and whether to resurrect extinct species from DNA, took place on the Ides of March 2013 at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC...

March 15, 2013 — Hannah Waters

Seeing the Blue Marble for the First Time

I've never really appreciated how lucky I am to have grown up with the blue marble. A poster of the earth floating in an endless black sea decorated the walls of my science classrooms since I was in elementary school...

February 27, 2013 — Hannah Waters

Why Sociable Weavers Nest Together

Dillon Marsh's photographs of sociable weaver nests, taken in the Kalahari Desert of Southern Africa, beautifully illustrate traditional nature--the realm of wild animals--overlapping with human civilization...

February 19, 2013 — Hannah Waters

Managing Wild Cats: Additional Reading

That post about stray cat management sure set off a firestorm, both here and at Salon , where it was syndicated. It ended up being a story people either loved or hated, which didn't entirely surprise me...

February 7, 2013 — Hannah Waters
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