Skip Navigation
on:

NCPR is supported by:

News stories tagged with "natural-selections"

Martha and Curt at a recent Natural Selections call-in. Photo: Dale Hobson
Martha and Curt at a recent Natural Selections call-in. Photo: Dale Hobson

Listen: Natural Selections climate change call-in

Climate change is in the news, from the recent update by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its detailed report on national and local impacts, to the news of the melting Antarctic ice sheet.

Dr. Curt Stager, author of "Deep Future: the Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth," joins Martha Foley for a special Natural Selections call-in on climate change and other topics.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluestardrop/4574604134/">Andrea Mucelli</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Andrea Mucelli, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Elders

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about the role of individuals once they are past fertility. Elders help hold communities together by acting as the living histories and resource libraries.  Go to full article
Beaver meadows are slow to reforest because they lack a soil fungus needed by black spruce. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38983646@N06/3975369109">Putneypics</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Beaver meadows are slow to reforest because they lack a soil fungus needed by black spruce. Photo: Putneypics, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Fungus and forest

Tall trees may be the kings of the forest, but there is another kingdom of forest life that passes unnoticed. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about the arboreal network of fungus.  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
A salt formation at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. Photo: notphilatall, 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 humans and many animals crave. Found naturally in its crystalline solid form sea water and rock deposits left behind by ancient oceans, this chemical compound is among those that many of our cells need to survive.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: New mountains, old rocks

The Adirondacks may be "new," but the rock is a billion years old, pushed up through the newer rock of the Champlain region. Mixed in, the remains of even older rock can be found in pockets and veins--blue calcite laid down by warm oceans before the evolution of coral. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager get geological.  Go to full article
Snapping turtle crossing the road. Photo: Matt Foley (submitted to NCPR's Hurricane Irene album)
Snapping turtle crossing the road. Photo: Matt Foley (submitted to NCPR's Hurricane Irene album)

Natural Selections: Turtles

Snapping turtles aren't really that vicious, unless they are provoked. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about their peculiar anatomy, safe ways (for turtle and human) to help them across highways, and more.  Go to full article
Texas blind salamander. Photo: Joe N. Fries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Texas blind salamander. Photo: Joe N. Fries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Natural Selections: exploring cave life

Curt Stager and Martha Foley do some imaginary spelunking and talk about the peculiar variations of animal life in caves.  Go to full article
<em>Turdus migratorius</em>, the American Robin. Photo: Mgiganteus
Turdus migratorius, the American Robin. Photo: Mgiganteus

Natural Selections: American robins

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss the varieties and habits of American robins. There are half a dozen different kinds, including albinos. How do they arrive so early in the spring? Sometimes it's because they never leave.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: eye shine

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about eye shine, and why some animals' eyes reflect light and others' don't.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Emerald Ash Borer

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about the Emerald Ash Borer, the insect behind those purple traps we're seeing hanging from trees all over the North Country.  Go to full article

1-10 of 26  next 10 »  last »