Rebuilding Marine Life Worldwide

Around 1844,  the Great Auk, a flightless bird, disappeared from Earth. Found in the North Atlantic, the seabird was hunted out of existence. Though it had always been valued for its meat and eggs, hunting of the Great Auk sharply increased in Newfoundland around 1500. Scientists recently studied DNA samples to see if the presumed …

The Volume of the Ocean

Walking up the stairs in the Deep Sea section of Science Alley, you might notice calming ocean sounds, but is it always this relaxing below the waves? Actually, it’s noisy! Between natural and industrial sources, sound types and decibels vary. Natural sounds are created by animals (including whales and seals), storms, and earthquakes. Popular Science …

Fighting Fire with Fire

With seemingly non-stop fires raging, it’s hard to remember when people’s homes, the rainforest, kangaroos, or California’s wine country weren’t being threatened. Lately, the conversation has turned to fire management, namely, how we should look to the indigenous communities for advice on how to work with, instead of against, fire. On the surface this seems …

Relieving Climate Anxiety

Before the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service began air-dropping food in Yengo National Park and other sites ravaged by fire, prompting viral videos of adorable Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies munching carrots, we were inundated with weeks-upon-weeks of horrifying images: scorched earth and charred wildlife carcasses. Although I have never stepped foot on Australia, I …