Nature’s Secrets with Science Friday Live

When I saw that the team from NPR's Science Friday was going to record a radio broadcast with an audience at Miami University, I had to go. The focus of the broadcast was on nature's secrets where Ira Flatow, the host of Science Friday, interviewed experts from southwest Ohio on the subject of yeast fungus, paleo … Continue reading Nature’s Secrets with Science Friday Live

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Exploring Origin in Fiction and Nonfiction

Back when I was a kid, I use to read all the time. Maybe it was because of a school program in my grade school called "Book It" that combined two of my favorite things - competition and free pizza. Or perhaps it was because my mother use to take us to the library all … Continue reading Exploring Origin in Fiction and Nonfiction

There is Money to be Made in Environmental Restoration

This is music to my ears. A new report is out that shows the investment opportunities in environmental restoration. This is so important to me because when I sit across from a representative of a municipality or a private business, trying to explain to them the importance of stream restoration, forest protection, or land preservation, … Continue reading There is Money to be Made in Environmental Restoration

Searching for Conservation in the Man-made: Lab-grown Meat

As we continue to use more of the world's space and resources, there comes a time when it is necessary to start thinking about alternative ways of doing things. Some of these ideas can seem unnatural or other-worldly, but when looking towards the future, it is important to understand the potential environmental benefits of mad-made … Continue reading Searching for Conservation in the Man-made: Lab-grown Meat

My Portland Hipster Vacation

When I told people about my plans for a short trip to Portland, OR many were convinced I’d want to make the city my new home. As Portland is the mecca for environmental progressivism, being one of the greenest cities in the United States, I can understand why people would fear I would never return. Right … Continue reading My Portland Hipster Vacation

Nature’s Delicate Balance

Recently I came across the art of Stone Balancing. I’ve seen this practice before along nature trails, but nothing as brilliant as the work of Michael Grab. Watching him put these structures together is fascinating, and you can see that it takes an extreme amount of patience and intuition to balance the rocks perfectly. It … Continue reading Nature’s Delicate Balance