Olivia L. Dobbs
Science Enthusiast, Naturalist, Dreamer.
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Someone Like You
Brin saunters to a dim kitchen. It's dawn; she checks and double-checks that the metal blinds are tightly shut. Yesterday's stale, cold coffee separates in a plastic pot. Dishes rot. The faint hover of fruit flies hums. A wet mass of hand-ground dark roast slumps into a torn green bag that smells of bagels and decay. Brin flicks the kitchen switch, industrial light flickers from a 20-year-old lamp.
Gay Pride Made Science Smarter
In February of 1911, the Terra Nova Expedition landed at frozen Cape Adare, Antarctica. From a ship of 65 of Britain's finest sailors and scientists, six men came ashore, intent on becoming the first ever to reach the South Pole.
The Recycling Industry is TRASH
You've gathered a trove of plastic this week. Triumphantly, you parade over to your blue bin and plop it inside with a satisfying thwack. You dust your hands and pat yourself on the back - you're a good person; you care enough to recycle.
We Need to Talk About Our Plastic Problem
It was 2007. A teacher silenced my boisterous class in our shabby classroom. Exhausted, she pleaded with us to pay attention. The lesson was on The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a recent discovery by Charles J. Moore. After ten years, it had finally gained public traction.
Thrifting for a Better Tomorrow
Our Earth is in a state of crisis. Governments are scrambling to find solutions to global disasters. For the individual, though, the very idea of tackling these complex issues is overwhelming! What can we do to help when most of the damage done is out of our control?
Vocal Writing 101: How to Write Better Stories
So, you want to be a better writer? Dude, you and me both. My experience as a writer started as guesswork. I began writing scientific papers for college assignments. Later, I got a job writing curriculum and found that a few of those guesses were sticking. Last December, I was pulled into my company's marketing team to write blog content. It was a comfortable switch; I received prompts and put pen to paper.
Going Green isn't Radical
It’s been a long day. You slump onto your couch, exhausted. You open up your phone in search of relief, a meme, and a few wholesome updates from your friends on social media. Upon starting the app, a depressing video reveals itself at the top of the screen. A slow symphony fades in, piano and violin lamenting together. A scarred turtle appears, wincing as a good Samaritan dislodges a straw from its nostril.