"Baby, you’re a firework. Let your colors burst:” Science exploding 10,000 feet in the air

"Baby, you’re a firework. Let your colors burst:” Science exploding 10,000 feet in the air

You've probably heard Musician Katy Perry's song, Firework as it was a number one hit in 2010. Combine that with the summer season, there's an urge to awe over the sights and sounds of fireworks. But I don’t think we or Katy Perry think about the science behind those oohs and ahhs. Learn about fireworks from its history to how they light up the night sky. 

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Are Trees Socialists?

Are Trees Socialists?

A recent blog post over at Scientific American proposes that trees are unabashedly socialist. Is this really the case, though? Is there a classless, worker-owned utopia dwelling in the ground beneath our feet that takes from each according to its ability assigns to each according to its need? Probably not. Trip into a rhetorical pitfall and learn about a metaphor taken too far in this post.

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OMG GMO! Part 2: Are GMOs bad?

OMG GMO! Part 2: Are GMOs bad?

The second post in our series wades into the good and bad of GMOs. There are a lot of articles out there that make the claim that there’s no such thing as a good GMO and that all of them are bad in some way. Others would have you believe that they are all completely harmless. We take a look at some of the different modifications out there to help you decide whether modifying crops is good or bad.

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Types of vines

Types of vines

I spent this morning battling bindweed and trellising pea plants. I work on a farm. If you’ve spent anytime working on a farm, you’re probably familiar these tasks. Manual labor gives one ample time to think, and today I was thinking about all the vines on farms. There are many; crop plants like peas, beans, cucumbers, squash and tomatoes, as well as weed plants like bindweed, honeysuckle and poison ivy

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How Plants Beat the Heat: Lessons from a Hairy Cactus

How Plants Beat the Heat: Lessons from a Hairy Cactus

It's summer time, and that means temperatures are heating up. While humans are migrating to swimming pools or air-conditioned movie theaters, plants are still stuck outside without the luxury of beach umbrellas or some mediocre fiction to keep them entertained. While there's not much they can do about boredom, plants have evolved plenty of innovative ways to keep cool in harsh environments, and that's the topic of this new series. 

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Science and Socioeconomics: Humans to Hyenas

Science and Socioeconomics: Humans to Hyenas

We recognize that making the choice to smoke a cigarette can damage your lungs and too much  alcohol can damage your liver, but what if something as passive as your social status could affect the most fundamental building blocks of your biology? 

Find out how social and economic ranking affects the very building blocks of our being and how this biology connects us to hyenas. It's not all a laughing matter...

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"Tips on the Rip" The dangers of Rip Currents

"Tips on the Rip" The dangers of Rip Currents

About to head to the beach for the summer? Well, there's a danger out there. No, it's not sharks or jellyfish; it's something that causes more deaths than thunder strikes or floods. Rip currents are one of the top coastal hazards for beach-goers. And if you don't know what they are, learn more and get the "tips on the rip" before you take a dip in the ocean. Photo Credit to NOAA NWS.

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Plants are Jerks: False Advertising

Plants are Jerks: False Advertising

Many plants rely on animals to pollinate them. In exchange for ensuring another generation, those pollinators are frequently rewarded with food. Some plants, however, have decided that rewarding pollinators is for chumps. In this post, learn about the con men of the plant world and how they fool pollinators. 

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