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Natural Selections: Opossums

Opossums are very ancient, as mammals go. These marsupials have spread their range into Northern New York over the last few decades. Martha Foley talks with Dr. Curt Stager about opossums.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Flower Wilt

Flowers wilt for good reasons; good for the plant. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss how flowers and plants use water.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: The "Willies"

Why do certain sounds make us cringe? What are the "Willies"? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about how the body responds to fear.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Balance of Nature

Is there a balance in nature? How is it maintained? How is it disrupted? Dr. Curt Stager tackles this question with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Dogs

When did wolves become dogs? How did they come to be "man's best friend?" Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about canine evolution and domestication.  Go to full article
HIV virus buds from host cell
HIV virus buds from host cell

Natural Selections: Are Viruses Alive?

The simplicity of viruses leads to the question, "Are viruses alive?" Dr Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss what it takes to be numbered among the living. Disease-causing bacteria pass muster, but viruses may fall a little short.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Science Projects

Some suggestions for interesting, low-cost science projects! Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley offer ideas for budding scientists to try at home or at school.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Snow Flies

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about snow flies. This tiny wingless fly likes the cold, making their own antifreeze to survive the weather. They are a pest only to rodents, carrying the roundworm parasites that infect them.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Snow Fleas

Anyone who has had pets has heard of fleas. But snow fleas--that's a different story! As Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley explain, these tiny critters look like pepper on the snow on days just above freezing.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Cat Intelligence

Cats are pretty smart--the whole setup proves that. But just how smart are they? Dr Curt Stager and Martha Foley stack up man's second-best friend against other mammals.  Go to full article

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