Rethinking Country Mouse, City Mouse

There was a period of my youth when my family lived ‘off-grid’ for the most part, in wood cabins on the forested coast of northern California. There were parts of that experience I didn’t like – hauling water by hand was certainly low on my list of preferences – but one aspect I liked very…

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Reaching New Shores

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a report on the development of climate change and its effects on humans. The 2600-page report is the result of three years work and the collaboration of 300 scientists. It makes for mostly grim reading, with an emphasis on climate impact on food security (not positive),…

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Pollinator Decline

The Harvard Microbiotics Lab is working on tiny robotic insects for a number of applications, among them: pollination. I can understand why, considering how important pollinating insects are for the environment and the human food supply. Most of the news tends to focus on the decline of the crucial honeybee population around the world, but…

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