Backyard Digs

“Some [archaeological] sites are found by luck or by accident,” writes Sarah Parcak, in her book Archaeology from Space. For example, in 1900 “a donkey transporting a gentleman from a quarry in Alexandria, Egypt, fell into an abandoned shaft. What the poor donkey landed in were second-to-fourth century AD Roman Period catacombs.” You don’t have …

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 …

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 …

Australian Wildfires, Climate Change, and Why Your Choices Have Global Consequences

The scale of devastation caused by the wildfires in Australia is difficult to comprehend.  Who can picture over 26 million acres or 41,000 square miles, and over 5,500 buildings laid to waste?  The only way we can come close is by using satellite photos and videos. Smoke billows over areas far larger than the fire …