How Scientists Light the Way

For a lot of people, scientific discoveries can feel like wizardry, involving mind-boggling and high-tech apparatuses that only a chosen few know how to devise and operate.  Over dinner one night, my mom confessed to being among those baffled by how scientists can figure out with any certainty aspects of nature so far beyond the …

How Our Changing Climate Impacts the Past (And How Citizen Science Can Help)

When we think about our changing Earth, we might focus on impacts to human health or our food supply. But, we may fail to think about the ways that climate change affects the past, or rather, affects material remains. Whether bones or stones, these remnants help us to understand how people from the past lived. …

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 …

NASA: The Space Agency That Studies Earth

When I hear “NASA” I think of astronauts and moonwalks, but it turns out that NASA has been investigating Earth. Who knew?! From 2008-2017, NASA and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales used the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations satellite to track Diel Vertical Migration, a daily journey by creatures that feed on phytoplankton. Moving …