November 24, 2015 - When Costa Rica submitted its
November 5, 2015 - There is no field in biomedicine that appears to be advancing more rapidly than genomics. Mapping our DNA and that of the planet's many species is creating new bodies of knowledge that researchers are turning into advances in agriculture, bio-pharmaceuticals, animal sciences and medicine.
November 2, 2015 - In a place called SeaSim, Australian and international teams of scientists are studying coral reefs in conditions that simulate the potential changes that climate change will bring to the world's oceans.
October 31, 2015 - Tonight is Halloween and for the last week people have been greeting me with "Happy Halloween." Hate to be a grinch but when did Halloween turn into anything more than a night for children to go door-to-door shouting "trick or treat?"
October 30, 2015 - "Sustainable development" is the byword phrase of those seeking a way forward for the world economy in light of the need to reduce our global carbon footprint to combat climate change. One definition defines the term as "economic development conducted without depletion of natural resources." The United Nations defines it differently.
August 23, 2015 - I'm listening to cicadas outside my apartment window this morning. The steady high-pitched buzz saw singing that often is mistaken by those who are uninformed for the sound of electricity passing through wires. On my morning walks these past few weeks with Maya, my red miniature poodle, it has been hard not to notice cicadas.
August 13, 2015 - Whatever we are doing to the atmosphere by adding greenhouse gases will take centuries to repair. But the damage to the ocean makes these atmospheric perturbations look like a sideshow.
July 6, 2015 - In some respects this is a good news story. A study appearing in the ISME Journal this month exposed 400 generations of phytoplankton to rising levels of CO2 in ocean water. At the highest levels the scientists anticipated what ocean conditions would be like by 2100.