The Marks We Leave Behind

Today’s first real post-winter foray into the garden reminds me that I’m a messy gardener. Late, as usual. But I’ve got a special packet of seeds to plant this week, and they’ve inspired me to be more attentive this year. This is the effect of the person who sent me the seed packet, my guru…

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Industrial Reforestation

I haven’t yet made peace with the notion of drone swarms in civilian life, whether they are for deliveries or photography or oil pipe monitoring or any number of ostensibly benign and useful activities. I suppose at some point I’ll just get used to them as they multiply, much like I did with the now-ubiquitous…

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Unraveled Threads

Ecosystems that have evolved over millennia are bound to be as complex as the most intricate tapestry, with interrelationships and connections that might not be readily apparent amidst all the color and noise of the larger pattern. As with a tapestry, pulling on one thread, or even two or twenty, might harm a small part…

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The Seed Inside

The magazine Science published the results of the 2012 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, and among the images mentioned was the one below of plant seeds. The images were made by combining high-resolution high-contrast X-ray radiography of plant seeds with images taken by microscopy and the application of these non-destructive micro-imaging techniques is relatively new…

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