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Summers in the City: The Urban Heat Island

Jun 12, 2020
On a particularly hot day, when even the air conditioning can’t seem to keep you from breaking a sweat, your best bet may be to get out of the city. On hot days, air temperatures in a city can be as much as 22°F (12°C) hotter than the air in nearby, less developed areas. Scientists have come to call this the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect.

Preparing Pickles

Jun 08, 2020
The exact origins of the first pickle are unknown, but archaeologists believe ancient Mesopotamians were pickling food as far back as 2400 B.C., over 4,000 years ago. From Queen Cleopatra, Napoleon Bonaparte, to the Little Rascals, a love for pickles has lasted the test of time.

The Link Between Air Pollution and COVID-19

May 19, 2020
New research indicates that air quality may have a significant impact on one’s likelihood of dying due to a COVID-19 infection.

Dolphin Intelligence

Mar 02, 2020
Although humans and dolphins are separated by 95 million years of evolution and humans lack certain physical traits (we don’t tend to have tails or fins), there may be more in common between the two species than meets the eye.

Exploring Tree Traits

Feb 05, 2020
There are pine groves in Minnesota, spinifex in Australia, and Dawn Redwood in China. A forest, broadly defined as a landscape dominated by trees, can look very different depending on what part of the world you are standing in.

Causes and Concerns as Wildfires Rage

Jan 28, 2020
Recent decades have brought about an increase in wildfires across the western United States. These fires, which have created dangerous situations for people and animals, are drastically altering the landscape of the country. Between 60,000 and 80,000 wildfires occur annually around the world, burning 3 million to 10 million acres of land depending on the year.

Crying Over Chopped Onions

Jan 10, 2020
We’ve all fallen victim to their painful attacks while cooking. At some point in your life, you have likely have found yourself standing in the kitchen with uncontrolled tears streaming down your face. The cause for your pain and distress? Onions. But how can a simple vegetable cause such a reaction?