Gasping for Air in the Colorado Rockies
Last year, my friends and I went hiking in the awe-inspiring mountains in Denver, Colorado. The five of us are […]
Never Mind the Ducks: Don’t Feed the Microbes!
You may have noticed signs that say “Don’t feed the ducks!” when walking in local parks with ponds or lakes. […]
Living the Good Life in Uninhabitable Surroundings: How Microbes Adapt to Extreme Environments
Our planet is home to a diverse array of habitats. These can range from cozy, nutrient-rich, temperature-controlled havens to deadly, […]
Does Climate Change Make Hurricanes Stronger?
At 7:15 AM ET on Friday, September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall along the coast of North Carolina as […]
Tardigrades: The Animals That Defy Nature
Picture an animal that can live anywhere: hot springs to solid ice, mountaintops to the deepest sea levels, spanning a […]
Finding Balance and Harmony in a Diverse Ecosystem
Front and center in the news today is the fact that climate change and various human activities are posing a […]
Eating Bugs: A Diet That’s Hard to Swallow
According to a common piece of folklore, you swallowed eight spiders in your sleep last year. Urban legend or not, […]
What Draws Us to Science?
What draws us to science? Oftentimes science gives us a glimpse of the vast workings of the natural world, showing […]
Truffles, Dogs, Pigs, and Us
Today, the truffle is one of the world’s most expensive and extravagant foods, reserved for foodies’ special occasions. They present […]
Why Do We Get Cold Weather When the Climate Should be Warming?
While it’s widely understood that our planet’s climate is warming, there is a lot of confusion about how this influences […]
The Fate of the Flush: The Effects of Pharmaceuticals on Our Seas
Plastic pollution in our oceans, lakes, and rivers has gained vast media attention over recent months, and rightly so: approximately […]
Will Global Warming Stop the Snow?
I bet you’ve heard it before, maybe in the news, from your uncle, or maybe from a skeptical friend. How […]
If You Go Down to the Woods Today: Conservation Genetics in a Nutshell
Imagine a young family taking a stroll along a sun-speckled forest path. They take their time, admiring the scenery and […]
Did Life Begin in the Oceans?
The age-old question, “how did life begin?” has baffled humans for centuries. Many scholars have theorized about how life began, […]
Living Fossils Inspire Cures for Disease
Long before humans, dinosaurs, or plants, some of the first creatures on Earth were primitive single-celled organisms that survived exclusively […]
How do Thunderstorms Form?
We have our next Ask a Scientist question, brought to us by Susan F., a 1st-grade teacher who wanted to […]
Do Caterpillars Have Tongues?
Do caterpillars taste? Do they have tongues? Can you taste things without a tongue? -Annika F.
Improving the Soybean, One Gene at a Time
Illinois is the United States’ top soybean-producing state. In 2014, Illinois farmers produced about 550,000 bushels of soybeans over almost […]