Tag: nature

Scientists discover that flying squirrels glow bright pink under UV light

If you’ve ever seen a flying squirrel in the wild you know that they’re neat little critters. They’re not particularly bothersome, and aside from mastering the age-old art of raiding bird feeders they’re rather pleasant creatures. Pleasant creatures that, as it turns out, glow bright pink when hit with ultraviolet light. In an incredibly interesting […]

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Earth’s magnetic pole is shifting faster than scientists predicted

If there’s one thing big-budget Hollywood disaster films have taught us, it’s that the Earth’s poles are nothing to be messed with. But apocalyptic fiction aside, scientists have been tracking the movement of Earth’s poles for well over a century, and they never stay put. In what might seem like an alarming bulletin, scientists from […]

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make room for pollinator plants, with uprising seeds’ brian campbell

NATIVE PLANTINGS are a giant part of the equation in supporting pollinators, but many other smaller efforts we can make with ornamental plants, and even the edibles we choose to grow, can add up, too. I was delighted to see the latest Uprising Seeds catalog was themed “Pollinate.” Brian Campbell, with Crystine Goldberg, grows organic […]

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what i learned about pollinators and other beneficial insects in 2018

WHAT ARE INSECTS THINKING–or if that sounds like I’m anthropomorphizing, what at least are insects desiring? The more we humans seek pollinator connections in our gardens, and strive to create a piece of habitat and not just a purely pretty backyard, the more we want to get inside their heads and understand their cravings, right? […]

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Bees can wear backpacks now thanks to the University of Washington

Wearables are all the rage for us humans, delivering all kinds of useful information about our bodies and surroundings. Now, scientists from the University of Washington have developed a wearable system for a much, much smaller creature. Engineers from the university created tiny sensor-packed “backpacks” for bumblebees. As you might have guessed, the devices don’t […]

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taking stock of our native flora and newcomers, with nybg’s robert naczi

[embedded content] WHEN YOU’RE TALKING plants and not people, how do you figure out who lives where? You can’t send census takers door to door to get a head count, but doing so is a critical step in devising conservation strategies in a changing world, among other key goals. A New York Botanical Garden botanist […]

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