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Naturalist Curt Stager, co-host of Natural Selections and author of Deep Future, shares long-term perspectives on environmental change, past, present, and future.

Natural Selections: Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss

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Dragonflies and Damselfies
Todd Moe talks with investigators about how volunteers help study these colorful insects and their habitats. Photos by Vici & Steve Diehl.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor John Janssen. Photo by Chuck Quirmbach.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor John Janssen. Photo by Chuck Quirmbach.

Great Lakes fish on a diet

Scientists say one way climate change is harming the Great Lakes is by warming the water too quickly in the spring.

That can decrease food for tiny creatures in the lakes--the creatures that game fish like trout and salmon eat.

In the second part of our week-long series, In Warm Water, Chuck Quirmbach has more on what leaner meals for fish might mean for the people who like to catch them.  Go to full article
With 85% of its approximately 2000 workers on furlough, the National Science Foundation is closed for business. The NSF building in Arlington, VA. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NSF_building.jpg">NSF</a>

Shut-down hurts R&D economy

The federal government shutdown has impacted funding for a range of research and development sectors.

A senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington DC says the interruption could have long-term effects on America's research-driven economy.  Go to full article
1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MSH80_eruption_mount_st_helens_05-18-80-dramatic-edit.jpg">USGS</a>

Natural Selections: Predicting Volcanos

Database analysis shows that winter, in addition to its other woes, is volcano season. Martha Foley wonders why. Dr. Curt Stager points the finger at the Pacific Ocean, which piles water on the North American coast and lightens the load on Asia. The stress comes out it crustal acne.  Go to full article
Crescent moon in twilight. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpstanley/423720850/">Jeremy Stanley</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Clear skies, longer nights offer great star-gazing

The days are getting shorter, by about three minutes every 24 hours now, and that's welcome news for Aileen O'Donoghue. It means more time for looking at the night sky. ...  Go to full article
UW researcher Andrea Stocco during the experiment. Photo: University of Washington

Brain to brain communication, via the Internet

We've used the internet to connect computers. Now, how about using it to connect our brains? Researchers at the University of Washington have done just that in what they...  Go to full article
Clarkson University undergraduate students, with Professor Tom Langen (third from left), look for golden winged warblers at Fish Creek State Wildlife Management Area in New York, on July 24, 2013. Photo: Julie Grant.

Ecology moves from the field to the screen

People who dream about being ecologists - and studying the environment for a living - might want to get comfortable sitting at a computer. More and more data are being...  Go to full article
Salt shaker. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50388630@N00/2081320295/">pboyd04</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Why we need salt

Besides making our food taste better, sodium chloride (salt) is necessary for our bodies to function. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager whet their appetites on the science of...  Go to full article
Instructions for 'CrowdHydrology.' Photo: Ashley Hassett

Buffalo-based project crowdsources water level tracking

A nationwide project based in New York is using crowd sourcing to gather up-to-date information on water levels.

The program's a partnership between the US...  Go to full article
A salt formation at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/__piq/2064297906/sizes/z/in/photolist-49q4Rd-49kZNk-61hFYx-8nDhP8-8nDi3r-5oZn33-j3dK-9mtQJn-9zYDfq-ufiVB-4iv4TC-4ir13M-zUmTX-8ksEg8-dwDNQi-dG4ffo-4kcfAZ-4eAFb-9ABV55-4bxMaq-5mQaz2-9kVkEx-9kYo4S-9kYvdm-9kYrF7-99fghd-5tW8C3-5p5uct-a6pu9w-PNzYK-dG5EuG-2d2v2-8Hgj8V-7exijk-eadSEq-87LdgY-87Lcbh-87GYu6-4kVvaX-8nGsbA-5AFqsv-9kVp9v-87LctE/">notphilatall</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

What's the deal with salt?

It's a delicious flavor, for humans and deer alike...but it's also so much more.

There's just something special about salt, a naturally occurring mineral that...  Go to full article
Produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature and the University of Toronto Press, this 2012 publication includes art by Paul Geraghty, Julius Csotonyl and Brenda Carter along with photos from Canadian Geographic. French and e-book editions should be available soon.

Donna Naughton on "The Natural History of Canadian Mammals"

Donna Naughton has been fascinated by nature and natural science all her life.

She landed a job at the Canadian Museum of Natural Science almost by accident,...  Go to full article

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