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Great Minds Think Alike: Influential Women Who Have Transformed Science
Over the centuries, an array of bright and influential women have contributed to enhancing our knowledge of illnesses, chemistry, flora and fauna, and the universe. Between 200–400 AD, Greek physician Metrodora wrote On the Diseases and Cures of Women, a medical text detailing revolutionary therapies and surgical techniques. Hypatia of Alexandria, who lived in the late 4th century, led the life of a respected academic, thriving both in mathematics and philosophy. In the hundreds of years to come, many illuminating women have followed suit, dedicating their professional careers to the wonderful world of science.
Electric Cars Are Not an Answer to Climate Change
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m not anti-Electric Vehicles. And I’m not a climate change denier. But those thinking that EVs are going to have any significant impact on climate change are letting emotion override logic.
My Quasi Eco-Friendly-ism
In case you haven't seen anything, over the last few months, TV commercials, ads on social media, and so on have been pushing for products to be sustainable and eco-friendly.
The Five Seasons Of Weather
Wildfire Season Is Upon Us It's early in the season, and so far, the number of acres burned across the United States is nearly 78% above the 10-year average. Much of the West, Plains, and Texas remain in the middle of a historic drought as they suffer from above-average temperatures and below-normal precipitation. The current conditions are a perfect storm that could bring larger and even more dangerous wildfires this year.
What Would Happen if a Solar Storm Hit Earth?
An extreme solar storm — known as a coronal mass ejection (CME) — can eject as much as one billion tons of plasma from the sun’s surface at speeds up to 1.6 million kilometres per hour. Fortunately, the 2012 CME narrowly missed our blue planet. But it was too close for comfort, and it got scientists thinking about what would have happened if it had impacted Earth.
Was The Personal Car A Mistake?
The autumn I turned sixteen, I bought a car from my boss at the Country Club where I worked. I remember the feeling of excitement when we met in the parking lot and exchanged the money. In my hands were now the keys to a Ford Explorer Sport, a car I needed not only to get to school, but also to cushion my social standing in a crowd where SUVs were the coolest thing since Abercrombie cargo pants.
A farewell letter to Earth
Dear Earth, I’m writing this letter because I feel that time is running out. It’s late and I’m tired. I bet you are tired too. Tired of carrying the weight of two many heads, too many voices, tired of all the fighting loaded with insolent grudges, tired of giving everything I have and getting nothing in return. What comes back is destruction. At times slow and deep, then all of a sudden, with instantaneous violent blows. Our world is in decline, our civilisation on the verge of annihilation, because we weren’t capable of taking care of each other, we weren’t capable of speaking the same language, not the verbal one, but the one of the heart. The one where we understand each other only if we learn to listen.
I had always been afraid of birds. The way they screech into the sharp sky, display their talons like trophies, unfurl their wings and fly. How they move gently through the air as a simple breeze, but crack harshly against the earth each time they land. At 21, I spent most of my time alone in my dense apartment uptown, near the trees. I reveled in the space between me and others, the freedom of the forest. Fell in love with talking to myself and hearing only the rustle of branches as a reply. The fall proved to be the best time of the year. When the birds flew south and the bugs holed up from the cold. I wore sweaters to class in the morning, changed to a t-shirt by noon. I loved autumn, the soft in between of two extremes. I enjoyed each season as much as possible, each providing their own sense of beauty, but fall held its place in my heart. When winter hit and it snowed too hard, I pulled the covers tight and bundled myself away from the cold, refusing to accept it. Although friends and family questioned me, I refused to explain what the snow did to me. The way it took pieces of me each time, how most years I never got them back.
Book Review - Holy Shit
Holy Shit – Managing Manure to Save Mankind by Gene Logsdon Non-Fiction 2010 215 pages Poop Will Set You Free
- Created with: National Geographic
An Urban Farmer’s Plea for Insect Pollinator Conservation
Bees get all the credit. Don’t get me wrong. I love bees (and so do my plants). But there’s a bigger picture — one my plants understand more than anyone. We have to recognize all the other insect pollinators out there, too.
How To Help Save the Bees
Honeybees are important to the health of crops and global food security. They contribute to the productivity of many crops and can provide additional income for farmers. Bees are also known to pollinate various crops. These little insects are important to the food crops we rely on and are in danger of disappearing unless we can support them.
Let The Garden Party Begin!
I stand, hands on hip, deciding where to start. I take one step and crouch down. “Well, hello, Golden Pineapple double tulips!” I smile. “Look at you, starting spring so green and healthy!”