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Cristina Robinson, et al: Complex birdsongs help biologists piece together the evolution of lifelong learning

Our human ability to learn language slows down as we get older, but scientists are not sure how or why this happens. An unexpected way to understand this learning process might come from listening to birds sing.

September 13, 2020 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Boy Scouts can do better than teaming up with Trump’s EPA

In more sane times, it would be natural for the Boy Scouts of America to share its do-gooder image with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

September 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Weil: The Climate Crisis Is Happening Right Now

Record high temperatures. Record fires. Record smoke. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown has a few things to say about the state’s converging apocalypses.

September 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Karen Friedland: Tattered Curtains

they’re taking down
all the big trees in his back yard,
and next the shrubs, and now the small house itself

September 7, 2020 · 7 Comments

Video: Why do whales sing?

This short animated film, produced by Stephanie Sardelis of the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, decodes the evocative melodies composed by the world’s largest mammals.

September 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Henry Beston: A Year of life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. I have heard them all, and of the three elemental voices, that of ocean is the most awesome, beautiful and varied.

September 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Mason Adams: Appalachia’s Deep History of Resistance

Protest runs through the region’s veins like coal seams through the mountains.

September 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

John Clare: The Thunder Mutters

The thunder mutters louder & more loud
With quicker motion hay folks ply the rake

September 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: The Sisterhood of Buddleias

Sarah plants a butterfly bush
for the purple, nectar-rich splendor in a pot.
Hannah wants some pink extravagance
to beckon hummingbirds.

September 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

Gary Margolis: Ending the War

one morning
in August, she can walk
away from her fury
of pines, and catch
her breath

August 29, 2020 · 3 Comments

Ellery Akers: Rachel Carson

I think of the way she knew
that eels slid from brook to brook
and then to the sea.

August 26, 2020 · 3 Comments

Agostino Petroni: How to Save the Sea | Lessons from an Italian Fishing Community

How one small stretch of coastline went from a hotbed of drug smuggling to a model of ecological restoration.

August 26, 2020 · 3 Comments

Paul Christensen: A Comforting Breeze

I am hopeful again, a man who has awakened from a long dream to find that heaven has opened its granary at last and spilled this nourishment down upon each of us, all of us.

August 19, 2020 · 4 Comments

Andrew Bacevich: Biden Wins

Assume Joe Biden wins the presidency. Then What?

August 17, 2020 · 3 Comments

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