Exploring the Ocean Through Sound

Exploring the Ocean Through Sound

Even as we circumnavigate the world, land on the moon and explore the reaches of outer space, much of the ocean remains unexplored.  As previously unknown creatures or whales with giant tentacle marks wash up on beaches, the deep ocean is just as mysterious as it was...
Mothers and Brain Development

Mothers and Brain Development

American psychologist Harry Harlow is a controversial figure; his studies on maternal development, which danced a fine moral line, had a deep psychological effect on his monkey test subjects.  While these experiments were considered highly unethical, they did lead to...
Rapid Evolution

Rapid Evolution

Life forms are evolving constantly, shedding away certain characteristics and holding onto – and in some cases picking up – others that ensure survival.  It’s been happening since there was nothing but bacteria, and will continue until there’s no life...
Bomb-Sniffing Plants?

Bomb-Sniffing Plants?

In 1870, German chemist Erich Von Wolf calculated the iron content in various vegetables.  Thanks to a misplaced decimal in his notebook, he made the iron content of spinach ten times of what it was in reality, and spinach has been hailed as a super-food ever since....
Could Desalination Save the World?

Could Desalination Save the World?

Shifts in rainfall caused by climate change, in addition to escalating water demands of a global world population, are setting the earth on track for a water crisis.  The UN predicts that by 2025 2.4 billion people will live in regions of intense water scarcity,...