10 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

10 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

We hope that you enjoy this selection of the winning entries, with stories on everything from cassowary excrement to native trout conservation, from mothing as a hobby to essays on our childhood love of campground critters and The Crocodile Hunter.

50 Fish, 50 States: Freaks in the Hot Springs

50 Fish, 50 States: Freaks in the Hot Springs

© Matt Miller4 of 9Tilapia can now be caught in many warm springs, urban rivers and canals across the United States.Miller9 of 9African jewel cichlid, an exotic species common in Florida waters as well as in warm springs in the western United States.

Wait. Northern Paper Wasps Recognize Each Other’s Faces?

Wait. Northern Paper Wasps Recognize Each Other’s Faces?

But they also serve not only an important ecological role, but are providing researchers with a fascinating ability to watch and track evolution in almost real time, says Sara Miller, a post-doctoral fellow in the Sheehan Lab at Cornell University, who published a 2020 study on northern paper wasp facial recognition.

13 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

13 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

Photo © Tiomax80 / Flickr CGS writer Justine Hausheer is an avid photographer and nature-lover, and social media helps her engage with those passions in her daily life.

An Encounter with Mating Gopher Snakes

An Encounter with Mating Gopher Snakes

I recognized it as a Great Basin gopher snake, a frequent sighting on my quarantine trail runs over the past month.The gopher snake coils up and shakes its tail, like a rattle.

'Here in Spirit': An Oral History of Faith Amid the Pandemic

'Here in Spirit': An Oral History of Faith Amid the Pandemic

Normally both sets of holidays are packed with family, friends, food, and celebration—yet this year, as the US and the world weather the Covid-19 crisis, leaders in both faiths have been forced to reimagine what’s possible when churches, synagogues, and houses of worship are closed and group gatherings discouraged or prohibited to slow the spread of the disease.

Satellite Cell Towers Will Beam 4G to Your Phone

Satellite Cell Towers Will Beam 4G to Your Phone

Now a handful of companies are working to fix this problem by building satellites that can connect to regular cell phones and provide high-bandwidth mobile data anywhere on earth.

Nature Deserves Legal Rights—and the Power to Fight Back

Nature Deserves Legal Rights—and the Power to Fight Back

One Ohio farm has sued to have the Lake Erie Bill of Rights struck down, claiming, among other things, that cities legally aren't allowed to create new types of felonies and that the bill reaches beyond Toledo's purview.

Hobbs & Shaw Ruled the Box Office Last Weekend

Hobbs & Shaw Ruled the Box Office Last Weekend

Also, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are going to Universal, and Batwoman is the future.The dynamic duo behind The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse —Phil Lord and Chris Miller —are going to Universal Pictures.

Conservation Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

Conservation Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

This year, Cool Green Science stories by staff writers Justine Hausheer and Matt Miller won seven EIC awards, matching last year’s total . Hausheer deserves special recognition; her five awards this year — including two first places — plus four last year make her the most recognized blog writer in the organization.

Only Two Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Have a Climate Plan

Only Two Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Have a Climate Plan

Biden was the first senator to propose climate legislation, but he has not endorsed a Green New Deal or any other specific policies recently.

The Internet Changed Astrology. Then Came the Memes

The Internet Changed Astrology. Then Came the Memes

The abundance of information online about celestial movements and a seemingly infinite number of people writing horoscopes has transformed the practice from a devout subculture to a subject so popular that there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of social media accounts dedicated solely to star signs.

The Weather Channel Flooded Charleston to Make You Give a Damn

The Weather Channel Flooded Charleston to Make You Give a Damn

“We’re always trying to figure out a way to tell climate change in a way that resonates with people, and it’s extremely difficult,” says Nick Weinmiller, Weather Channel creative art director.

Where Did the 'Freedom From Facebook' Campaign Really Come From?

Where Did the 'Freedom From Facebook' Campaign Really Come From?

While Facebook’s head of global policy Monika Bickert spoke, protesters from a group called Freedom From Facebook, seated just behind her, held signs depicting Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg’s heads atop an octopus whose tentacles reached around the planet.Freedom From Facebook has garnered renewed attention this week, after The New York Times revealed that Facebook employed an opposition firm called Definers to fight the group.

Crispr Halted Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs. Are Humans Next?

Crispr Halted Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs. Are Humans Next?

When researchers at the Royal Veterinary College realized the puppers had a canine version of the most common fatal genetic disease in children—Duchenne muscular dystrophy—they began breeding the sick spaniels with beagles to start a canine colony in the hopes of one day finding a cure.Today, scientists report they’ve halted the progression of the disease in some of those doggy descendants using the gene editing tool known as Crispr.In a study published Thursday in Science, a team led by Eric Olson at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center used Crispr to successfully modify the DNA of four young dogs, reversing the molecular defect responsible for their muscle wasting disease.