Biophilia

Buzzwords Biophilia = urge to affiliate with other forms of life Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book, Biophilia (1984). HeadlinesRewilding our cities: beauty, biodiversity and the biophilic cities movement – Guardian – @amanda_sturgeonE.O. Wilson explains why parks and nature are really good for your brain – Washington Post Recommended ListeningBiophilia …

Death and Dying

Photo: Sunset Death = the end of the life of a person or organism Dying = on the point of death Flickr Albums and GroupsDeath and dyingGrateful DeadDay of the Dead around the World Artwork / Cue Yourself YouTube Planeta.com

Death Notebook

Photo: Ayöök Ceramics, Postcard Fave quotes about death and dying A colleague of mine described Día de los Muertos as ‘the only time during the year when the veil that separates our world from the next is lifted.’– Joshua Berman, Día de los Muertos: What I’ve learned about Day of the Dead (so far) Haere! …

Biodiversity

Photo: Death Valley National Park Biodiversity is the variety of all living organisms on earth. While the concept is as old as life itself, the term ‘biodiversity’ was coined in 1986. Some ask how to integrate biodiversity into tourism. Others ask how to protect biodiversity from tourism! Planeta.com explores the nuances of our living planet. …

Desert Notebook

Photo It is the rare storm that penetrates the Sonoran Desert. What litle precipitation does fall comes as a rule from December to March as gentle rains from Pacific weather disturbances, or in late July and August as violent thunderstorms.– John Alcock, Sonoran Desert Spring The humans who confronted the Pima and the Papago in …

Water

Photo: UNDP in Europe and Central Asia, Blyde River Canyon Sunset Water = a colorless, transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid that forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the basis of the fluids of living organisms. CelebrationsFebruary 2 World Wetlands Day March 22 World Water Day June 8 World Oceans Day Last Sunday in …

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)

Buzzwords Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid containing the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms Recommended ListeningDNA Barcodes – EarthskyJUNK DNA DNA and TeethAncient DNA extraction from bones and teethDNA used to identify ancient plagues CelebrationsApril 25 DNA Day [email protected] CRISPRhttps://crisprcon.orghttps://www.wired.com/story/what-is-crispr-gene-editing/https://theconversation.com/human-embryo-crispr-advances-science-but-lets-focus-on-ethics-not-world-firsts-81956http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-gene-editing-humans-policy-20170804-story.html Headlineshttp://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-dna-genealogy-privacy-20181012-story.htmlhttps://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/07/dna-test-misattributed-paternity/562928https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-15/deleting-your-online-dna-data-is-brutally-difficult BuzzwordsAutosomes – Cromosones – DNA …