Thursday, August 3, 2017

Port Aransas Like a Local

Port A resident, ship captain and fishing guide Bobby Grumbles showed me around. Here are his recommendations for a perfect weekend at this laid-back Texas beach town.

Wet your Whistle in Alpine

The Saddle Club, a boldly decorated bar in a former Alpine saddle shop, serves creative cocktails and inspired dishes you might not expect to find in a small West Texas town. Pull up a bar stool -- or a saddle.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Changing How Solar Power Rolls

A new solar array design rolls up into a lightweight, compact cylinder, perfect for launching into space. NASA recently tested the design on the International Space Station for potential use on future spacecraft, including satellites.

Tiny Stowaways in Space

Wherever people go, we take microorganisms with us. Read how NASA makes sure these tiny stowaways don't become a problem on the International Space Station.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Coral reefs from Texas to Townsville socked by climate change

A pair of stories for Texas Climate News looking at global bleaching events and the effects on reefs around the world, especially the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and the Great Barrier Reef.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Don't feed the wildlife

People love to feed wild animals, everything from birds to sharks. This is seldom a good thing for the wildlife, and can be bad for people, too. Read about some of the reasons to step away from the chum.

Poachers are using scientific papers to find their targets

When scientists publish about the discovery of a new species, or the rediscovery of one thought extinct, their most excited readers are sometimes poachers. An essay in Science argues that sometimes locations should be kept secret to protect plants and animals from collection and, possibly, even extinction. My take on this problem for Mental Floss.