Water

Photo: UNDP in Europe and Central Asia, Blyde River Canyon Sunset (Some rights reserved) 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 …

Desert Notebook

Photo: Neal Wellons, Joshua Trees (Some rights reserved) 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 …

Biodiversity

Photo: Ron Mader, Death Valley National Park (Some rights reserved) 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. Those pioneering scientists died in 2021, just as the term ‘biodiversity’ gains unprecedented traction in the public eye. Ironically, …

Death Notebook

Photo: Ayöök Ceramics, Postcard (Some rights reserved) 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 …

Biophilia

Lingo Cards Biophilia = human affiliation with other forms of life Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book, Biophilia (1984). Also see: biophilic HeadlinesLove Park: A Love Letter to ResilienceRewilding our cities: beauty, biodiversity and the biophilic cities movement – Guardian – @amanda_sturgeonE.O. Wilson explains why parks and nature are really …

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) 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 BingoAutosomes …