Azodicarbonamide, more popularly known as the "yoga mat chemical" was recently removed from Subway's bread after a public outcry. But what was it doing in there to begin with? And was it really as dangerous as it sounds?Read More
Why is it important to save seeds?
A study, now out of date, but still relevant, found 93% of major crop varieties had gone extinct. It’s a scary to think that all our eggs are in a pretty small basket.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More