Science & Environment

Weekly Bird Report
4:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

100 Miles Offshore, "The Canyons" Offer a Last Frontier for New England Birding

White-faced Storm Petrel
Credit JJ Harrison / wikipedia

There is no place like being on the water, on a boat, at this time of year, if you want to see birds - specifically pelagic, ocean-loving birds. While ashore it is hot and crowded, out on the water the cool temperatures and seabirds conspire to make you mellow out and enjoy your vast surroundings. A human never feels as small as when out on, and in, the vastness of the open ocean.

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Science & Environment
11:22 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Capturing the Essence of a Fish Out of Water

A slightly reduced reproduction of James Prosek's watercolor of a swordfish features in the Ocean Fishes exhibit at Woods Hole Historical Museum through July 31st, 2014.
Credit Jennifer Gaines / Woods Hole Historical Museum

An interview with James Prosek

Few will ever see firsthand the true, glorious colors of a giant bluefin tuna as it emerges from the ocean. James Prosek's watercolors come close.

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Science & Environment
1:19 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

What Plastic Baby Bottles and Climate Change Have in Common

Dr. Patricia Hunt was among the first to raise concern about the possible health risks of plastic baby bottles.

An interview with Dr. Patricia Hunt

A simple mistake can derail the best planned experiments. But sometimes – just sometimes – such an error can lead to an even bigger discovery.

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Science & Environment
2:58 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

How Your Everyday Choices Shape the Global Landscape

Corn as far as the eye can see - a result of meat-heavy diets and the push for biofuels.
Credit Kris Kables / Flickr

Jesse Ausubel on peak farmland

Jesse Ausubel often sees rays of hope where others see gloom and doom. Industrial agriculture is the most recent example. And you're responsible.

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Weekly Bird Report
9:26 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Next Couple of Weeks Crucial for Nesting Piping Plovers

Piping Plover
Credit Kelly Colgan Azar / flickr

With the Fourth of July just a couple of days way and fledgling “baby” birds seemingly everywhere, there are some not-so-subtle changes going on in the natural world. Most noticeable in fields and woods is the rapid and pronounced decrease in bird song. Recovering from the exhausting ordeal of defending a territory, courting, mating, providing for a brood of young birds all the while on the alert for a wide variety of predators, the adult birds are eating, resting and growing new feathers.

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Science & Environment
11:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Ancient Teachings and Modern Science Agree: It's All in Your Head

Sidhartha Gautama - the Buddha - in meditation.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Buddha, Sidhartha Gautama, is famously quoted as saying:
   "The mind is everything.
    All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
    What we think we become."

Fast forward two and a half millenia, and neuroscientist Dr. André Fenton will tell you the same thing.

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The Fishing News
8:35 am
Fri June 27, 2014

What You Can Do When You're Not Catching Fish

Credit Chris Bentley / flickr

What to Do When You're Not Catching Fish, The Fishing News, Steve Junker and Kevin Blinkoff

All right, yes, that's a headline that begs endless snarky suggestions. But really, for fishermen, it's a serious question.

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Weekly Bird Report
8:40 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Recommended Strategy for Observing Birds? The BIG SIT.

Piping Plover
Credit E. Vernon Laux

With the arrival of summer, throngs of people escaping the heat come to the Cape and Islands. Beaches are the place to be. Our area has a remarkably varied and long shoreline, with fabulous beaches, adjacent tidal flats and abundant salt marshes. Fortuitously, these are also a great place to look for birds.

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Science & Environment
1:54 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

New Ocean Current a Real-Life Scientific Mystery

The R/V Knorr at dock in Reykjavik, Iceland, before a 2011 expedition to the Denmark Strait.
Credit Ben Harden

Living Lab, To the Denmark Strait

It's not every day scientists discover a new ocean current.

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Weekly Bird Report
2:50 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Our Migratory Shorebirds Are Sychronized Travelers On An Epic Journey

White-rumped Sandpipers. These birds nest in the high Arctic, winter in southern South America, and have even been recorded from Antarctica.
Credit Vern Laux

As the days continue to lengthen, the summer solstice is almost upon us. While June is a time of frenetic activity for local nesting birds, my mind always wanders to what is happening much further north, in the Arctic. Everything in this land of extremes is so different from temperate and tropical regions that, for humans visiting the region, it is otherworldly.

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