The Butterfly of Spring: Meet the Mourning Cloak

The Butterfly of Spring: Meet the Mourning Cloak

In some places you can find mourning cloak butterflies throughout the year, but after a long winter, the first sighting of one can be the earliest sign of spring.“You don’t usually have a butterfly that can live for almost an entire year as an adult,” says Blobaum.

A Sexy New Theory of Consciousness Is All Up in Your Feelings

A Sexy New Theory of Consciousness Is All Up in Your Feelings

One is Mark Solms, and in his new book, The Hidden Spring, he doesn’t just talk about anatomy and electrochemistry—though there is some of that.

Take Down Your Feeders: Salmonella is Killing Songbirds

Take Down Your Feeders: Salmonella is Killing Songbirds

Salmonella is a fatal bacterial infection for birds and it’s hitting siskins hard because they congregate around feeders, but the outbreak isn’t species-specific.Other states are seeing an uptick this spring as the bacteria continues to spread, which is why more state agencies are asking people to remove their bird feeders.

How to Tap Into Students' Strengths During Remote Learning

How to Tap Into Students' Strengths During Remote Learning

These trauma-informed teaching strategies had two functions: to understand why kids act out, disengage, or struggle to succeed in class, and to create a community where they feel cared for and heard.

Formulas or Code? It’s All Numbers When It Comes to Physics

Formulas or Code? It’s All Numbers When It Comes to Physics

If you aren't familiar with these numerical calculations (another name for computational physics), the basic idea is to take a problem and break it into many smaller and simpler problems.

Auckland’s drought most extreme in modern times

Auckland’s drought most extreme in modern times

As weather systems tracked toward New Zealand from the west and north, they lacked moisture because of cooler eastern Indian Ocean seas caused by the IOD.NIWA’s climate change expectations suggest spring average rainfall decreases for northern New Zealand, including Auckland.

The Science of Temperature Is Weirder Than You Think

The Science of Temperature Is Weirder Than You Think

I’m going to look at a bunch of different ways that humans have invented to increase or decrease temperature.But the main point is that two things can have the same temperature but different thermal energies.

The Covid-19 Rent Crisis Is Here

The Covid-19 Rent Crisis Is Here

“We were initially encouraged that states and localities were taking action to try and keep people housed amid the pandemic,” Alieza Durana, a strategist at Princeton’s Eviction Lab, says.

Wildflower Watching as a Source of Solace and Diversion

Wildflower Watching as a Source of Solace and Diversion

Photo © Lisa Ballard2 of 5Indian paintbrush on Wyoming’s Beartooth High Lakes Trail.Photo © Lisa Ballard3 of 5Sticky geranium on Wyoming’s Beartooth High Lakes Trail.Photo © Lisa Ballard4 of 5Little larkspur on Wyoming’s Beartooth High Lakes Trail.

'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.

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Last Sunday afternoon, a friend of ours in New Jersey whose wife was also pregnant said he wasn’t going to be allowed in the delivery room because of the Coronavirus.On Thursday, March 5, I attended the meeting for my high school band’s annual spring trip.

Tell Us Your Pandemic Stories for Our Oral History

Tell Us Your Pandemic Stories for Our Oral History

Capturing the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, how this crisis unfolds and how our thinking about it changes, is critical both to understanding it now as well as to the stories we someday will tell about it.

Wait, Is That Backpack … Floating?

Wait, Is That Backpack … Floating?

I mean, it’s a cool invention—the idea of the HoverGlide pack is to reduce the awkward bouncing and jolting you get with ordinary backpacks.After all, once you leave the ground, there is a gravitational force on both you and the pack.

Remote Sensing Data Advances Soil Health Science

Remote Sensing Data Advances Soil Health Science

The Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), developed by scientists and engineers at Dagan, uses publicly-available, remote sensing data from Landsat and Sentinel 2 satellites to monitor trends in the adoption rate of soil health practices—no-till, conservation tillage and cover crops—each year.

Wealthy Counties Benefited Most From a Flood Relief Program

Wealthy Counties Benefited Most From a Flood Relief Program

If some property owners who live near the ocean or in a river floodplain can be convinced to sell their homes, and the land is returned to open space, the entire community will benefit.

The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future

The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future

But, according to a report that DeLucia coauthored appearing in the journal Ecosphere today, if you’re a farmer trying to grow corn it means something very different: You need more water.

Climate Change Is Bringing Epic Flooding to the Midwest

Climate Change Is Bringing Epic Flooding to the Midwest

Super-soaked spring soils, unplanted fields, record-rising rivers, runaway barges—this is in all likelihood what climate change looks like for the middle of the country.

Why a Golf Ball Compresses Like a Spring—Until It Shatters

Why a Golf Ball Compresses Like a Spring—Until It Shatters

An experiment with a paperclip reveals both its elastic and plastic properties, a distinction that's key to how any material compresses or deforms. plastic properties of a paperclip with a graph that looks something like this.

Last Day of Spring Is a Powerful Exercise in Trans Visibility

Last Day of Spring Is a Powerful Exercise in Trans Visibility

Last Day of Spring is a visual novel that shows a trans person's struggle to find safety in a society built to exclude her from the very concept. Last Day of Spring feels like an honest look at Haru's struggle to find safety in a society built to exclude her from the very concept.

Meet the Workers Who Build an Entire City of Ice Every Year

Meet the Workers Who Build an Entire City of Ice Every Year

It takes almost 200,000 cubic meters of ice to construct the festival every year, all of it cut out of the frozen Songhua River in 700-kilogram blocks by a small army of local laborers.

The Promise of eDNA: A New Kind of Fieldwork to Guide Conservation

The Promise of eDNA: A New Kind of Fieldwork to Guide Conservation

Brave in the face of these field challenges, conservation biologists commonly embark on biological assessments to take the pulse of an ecosystem or monitor for the presence of rare or invasive species.

Adaptation as Acceptance: Toward a New Normal in the Northwoods

Adaptation as Acceptance: Toward a New Normal in the Northwoods

Adaptation as Acceptance: Toward a New Normal in the Northwoods In northern Minnesota, most tree planting takes place in the early spring. Here, quaking aspen are surrounded by white spruce and balsam fir. Smart nature straight to your inbox every week

Long-term Records Validate What We Know About Climate Change

Long-term Records Validate What We Know About Climate Change

Nature is validating what we know about climate change from long-term records of temperature. Earlier plant flowering in spring as a response to global warming in the Washington, D.C. area.