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.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dive the Texas Caribbean

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 100 miles off the Texas coast, protects 56 square miles of thriving coral reef ecosystems. See it via a liveaboard dive boat.

The Wide Open Spaces of Big Bend

Welcome to Brewster County, Texas, all 6,169 square miles of it, one of my favorite parts of the state. Take a tour of its offerings with County Judge Eleazar Cano.
Grapevine Hills Trails in Big Bend National Park.