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7 Ways to Find Things to Do in Nature Near You (U.S. Edition)

This post is a compilation of my favorite go-to resources for finding things to do in nature, places to go in nature, or both. These are sites (and …

Unraveling the Mystery of the Western Sycamores that Weren’t

It was probably not a good feeling when the scientists restoring riparian areas along California’s Sacramento River discovered they had something of …

7 Resources for Natural History Nerds

This post feels a little bit like a confession. Hi, my name is Cara and I’m a natural history nerd. Happily for me, it’s a great time for that …

Meet the NatureNet Science Fellows: Sanaz Vahidinia

Adventures in Alternative Energy: Giant Clam EditionWhen most people think about alternative energy sources, Pacific giant clams probably do not …

Angry Birds: Why Molting Makes Our Feathered Friends Grumpy

Perhaps you’re familiar with having a “bad hair day.” For birds, “bad feather days” – what we call molting – are a part of life. And those days are …

Cameron hails 'strong night' for Conservative Party

British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party looks set to continue in power after it defied expectations and won the 323 seats needed to command a parliamentary majority.<p>The results confirmed a shock exit poll projection published by British broadcasters late on Thursday night that put …

Antler Obsession: Can the Search for “Sheds” Threaten Wildlife?

Finding antlers can be an enjoyable spring pastime for the curious naturalist, but can antler obsession be taken to such an extreme that it threatens …

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Smithsonian Science: The Humble Bumblebee

<i>Citizen Science Tuesday connects you with opportunities to be a part of conservation science with outdoor projects around the world and online</i> …

Plankton Portal: Up Close with Microscopic Marine Life

<b>What is Plankton Portal?</b> <b></b><p>A world without plankton.<p>That might not seem difficult to imagine. It’s likely you don’t think about plankton often.<p>But the …

SeaWatch: A Birder’s Paradise

<b>What Is SeaWatch?</b><br>Starting to plan next year’s birding trips? Here’s one that will get you skies filled with seabirds – and help researchers gather …

Citizen Science Tuesday: PooPower!

<b>Citizen Science Tuesday</b> <i>connects you with opportunities to be a part of conservation science with outdoor projects around the world and online</i> …

Celebrate Urban Birds!

<b>What is Celebrate Urban Birds?</b><p>You don’t need to book a trip to Costa Rica or the Amazon to enjoy great birding.<p>As many serious birders know, there is …

Monitor Changes to Local Ice Cover with IceWatch USA

<b>What Is IceWatch USA?</b><br>Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?<p>Heavy snow and cold weather like the “polar vortex” get all the press, but what are the …

Join the Polar Bear Paparazzi

<b>What Is The Polar Bears International Citizen Science Project?</b><p>Come fall, the streets of Churchill, Manitoba are somewhat like Hollywood: they’re …

Citizen Science Tuesday: Chicago Wildlife Watch

<i>By Lisa Feldkamp, senior coordinator, new science audiences, The Nature Conservancy</i><p><b>What is Chicago Wildlife Watch?</b><p>When it comes to wildlife in the …

Telling Co-Workers: "Get Off My Back"

It's never been easier to be productive. Giant leaps in technology have given us tools and gadgets that were unimaginable just a few decades ago. They keep us on time and on point with laser-like focus on our objectives. Our lives run with enough precision to impress a Swiss watchmaker.<p>But you're …

Madeleine L’Engle on Creativity, Hope, Getting Unstuck, and How Studying Science Enriches Art

In addition to being one of the most foundational texts on creativity ever published, pioneering psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s 1996 book <b>Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention</b> (<i>public library</i>) — which sheds light on why “psychological androgyny” is essential to creative …

Why Some Scientific Collaborations Are More Beneficial Than Others

It turns out that when scientists collaborate internationally, they are more like to have an impact on science than purely domestic collaborations.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>Science is all about collaborations. But there is new evidence that some collaborations may be more beneficial than …

Back to the future: Scientists want 'rewilded' crops to boost agriculture | Reuters

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists should “re-wild” food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study said.<p>Important properties of wild plants, including varieties of wheat and rice, have …

Lasers show how Sea Monkeys mix oceans

Even though each “Sea Monkey” is only about half an inch long with 10 tiny, leaf-like fins, they can collectively generate a surprising amount of …

Salt Lake City

"Boardwalks and Longwalks"

Looking for a new hike? "Test Drive" one of these right from your computer! Please share this video playlist with your friends and fellow hikers.

NPR

If you want to promote green behavior, inducing fear and touting science isn't the way to go.

Natural history needs more .gifs

There’s something glorious about .gifs, the short video clips that proliferate across the internet. Not quite as demanding of commitment as a full …

How to Make a GIF from a Video File Using GIMP

150 Dollar Store Organizing Ideas and Projects for the Entire Home - DIY &...

Plastic Crate Shelf<p>These simple little plastic crates can actually be joined together, turned on their sides, and then attached to the wall as a …

Laundry Rooms

3 Reasons to Kill Influencer Marketing

Marketers like to repeat the quote, “I know I waste half of my ad budget, I just don’t know which half.” No one knows who first said it—it’s been attributed to a number of people—but the fact that it gets repeated so often is testament to how strongly it resonates.<p>So it shouldn’t be surprising that …

Harvard Business Review

<b>Harvard Business Review is on Facebook.</b> To connect with Harvard Business Review, log into Facebook.<p>or<p>Storytelling is key to a strong brand and …

Smithsonian Magazine

<b>Smithsonian Magazine is on Facebook.</b> To connect with Smithsonian Magazine, log into Facebook.<p>or<p>How can you tell a healthy reef from an ailing …

The Importance of Self-Awareness, and How to Become More Self Aware

They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, and that's true in every aspect of life. Self-awareness and introspection have the ring of …

15 Cool Things To Make With Your Instagram Photos

<i>Make sure you "LIKE" DIY Projects World on Facebook<br>with over 140,000 followers and growing...</i><p>Instragram is a very popular way to store, display and …