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Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Jun 27th, 2017

One of the iconic theories in ecology, which has withstood decades of rigorous experimental tests, is the Theory of Island Biogeography developed by Robert MacArthur and E.O. Wilson in the...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Jun 20th, 2017

Most people accept that coal is a dirty fuel:  Dirty to mine, dirty to burn, and dirty to dispose of the ash.  Already there is a shift away from coal-fired...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Wed Jun 14th, 2017

Farmers have tilled agricultural soils since Biblical times, and cultivated land still dominates our food production. But, a number of years ago, the practice of no-till agriculture was adopted in...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Jun 6th, 2017

Agriculture activities are a significant contributor to human emissions of greenhouse gases. When new fields are opened for farming, cultivation often results in the loss of 40 to 60% of...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue May 30th, 2017

When most of us think about the energy we use to drive a car, we focus on the gas mileage.  We buy fuel, use it to propel the car, and...

by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue May 16th, 2017

Recognizing its utility as a household cleaner, especially to remove grease, ammonia has a smell that is familiar to most of us.  But, nearly all of the annual industrial production...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue May 9th, 2017

Abortion has a long history in human society.  Often rendered in back alleys by surreptitious practitioners, abortion has never been admired. So too with infanticide, which is still practiced in a...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue May 2nd, 2017

Most of us know how well snow and ice reflect sunlight, often blinding us on a sunny day after a fresh snowfall.  The reflection of sunlight from the surface of...

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