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Flare Fatale

Oh, and the night, the night, when the wind full of cosmic spaceGnaws at our faces – R. M. Rilke, Duino Elegies (trans. Leslie P. Gartner) IF WE CONSIDER the phenomenon of solar flares, Rilke’s description of how cosmic winds sometimes blow in our faces is surprisingly true. Atmospheric auroras, the […]

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Hopeful Monstrosities: A Historical Perspective on the MS Turanor Planet Solar

On July 13, 1908, huge crowds gathered in the streets of various small towns and villages in Germany to witness the spectacle of LZ 4, one of the first airships, flying overhead. The airship, which was on a proving flight from Lake Constance to Mainz, was greeted with cheering crowds and […]

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37 Million Dead Bees Bring Strong Warnings

Honeybees have been part of both our agriculture and our mythology for millennia. From Mesopotamia to Maya bees have been depicted as symbols of eloquence and prophecy. The Delphic oracle was often called the Bee, and the eloquent Plato, Pindar and Saint Ambrose were all said to have had their […]

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The Human-Tree Connection

A longitudinal study recently published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine reinforces growing evidence that the natural environment is a public health benefit and its loss has significant consequences. Donovan et al. (2013) discovered that a loss of trees resulted in increased mortality rates among local residents suffering from […]