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Importance of Survival Skills

Urbanization and the future of cities – Vance Kite

Today ,more than half of all people in the world live in an urban area. By mid-century, this will increase to 70%. But as recently as 100 years ago, only two out of ten people lived in a city, and before that, it was even less. How have we reached such a high degree of …


How did feathers evolve? – Carl Zimmer

How did feathers evolve? – Carl Zimmer

Translator: Andrea McDonough Reviewer: Bedirhan Cinar Feathers are some of the most remarkable things ever made by an animal. They are gorgeous in their complexity, delicate in their construction, and yet strong enough to hold a bird thousands of feet in the air. Like all things in nature, feathers evolved over millions of years into …


The evolution of the human eye – Joshua Harvey

The evolution of the human eye – Joshua Harvey

The human eye is an amazing mechanism, able to detect anywhere from a few photons to direct sunlight, or switch focus from the screen in front of you to the distant horizon in a third of a second. In fact, the structures required for such incredible flexibility were once considered so complex that Charles Darwin …


Can wildlife adapt to climate change? – Erin Eastwood

Can wildlife adapt to climate change? – Erin Eastwood

Rising temperatures and seas, massive droughts, changing landscapes. Successfully adapting to climate change is growing increasingly important. For humans, this means using our technological advancement to find solutions, like smarter cities and better water management. But for some plants and animals, adapting to these global changes involves the most ancient solution of all: evolution. Evolutionary …


Myths and misconceptions about evolution – Alex Gendler

Myths and misconceptions about evolution – Alex Gendler

Myths and misconceptions about evolution. Let’s talk about evolution. You’ve probably heard that some people consider it controversial, even though most scientists don’t. But even if you aren’t one of those people and you think you have a pretty good understanding of evolution, chances are you still believe some things about it that aren’t entirely …


How parasites change their host’s behavior – Jaap de Roode

How parasites change their host’s behavior – Jaap de Roode

Which of these entities has evolved the ability to manipulate an animal many times its size? The answer is all of them. These are all parasites, organisms that live on or inside another host organism, which they harm and sometimes even kill. Parasite survival depends on transmitting from one host to the next, sometimes through …


What causes antibiotic resistance? – Kevin Wu

What causes antibiotic resistance? – Kevin Wu

What if I told you there were trillions of tiny bacteria all around you? It’s true. Microorganisms called bacteria were some of the first life forms to appear on Earth. Though they consist of only a single cell, their total biomass is greater than that of all plants and animals combined. And they live virtually …


How to set the table – Anna Post

How to set the table – Anna Post

Have you ever helped set a table and found yourself wondering where to place the forks? Or sat down to eat a restaurant and wondered which utensils to use? Well, here’s some simple, traditional etiquette tips on how to set a table. What would happen if you set a table like this? It doesn’t look …


Cell vs. virus: A battle for health – Shannon Stiles

Cell vs. virus: A battle for health – Shannon Stiles

You’re in line at the grocery store when, uh oh, someone sneezes on you. The cold virus is sucked inside your lungs and lands on a cell on your airway lining. Every living thing on Earth is made of cells, from the smallest one-celled bacteria to the giant blue whale to you. Each cell in …


How do you decide where to go in a zombie apocalypse? – David Hunter

How do you decide where to go in a zombie apocalypse? – David Hunter

Translator: Andrea McDonough Reviewer: Jessica Ruby Worst case scenario: zombie apocalypse. How will you survive? You might be surprised to find out how much geography skills can help you fend off doom. By geography, I mean analyzing the world around you. One geographic concept that could really help you out in a zombie apocalypse is …

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