by Exploratorium Staff • June 5, 2015
Recommended online reading from some of the lovers, the dreamers and me on Pier 15.
The wide-ranging work and interests of staff are evident by the numerous books, binders, articles, journals, lists, manuals, equipment, and memorabilia that may surround a single desk. Larry Shaw’s desk (Amy Snyder/Exploratorium)
U.S. Beekeepers lost 40 percent of bees in 2014-15
A study from the University of Maryland shows a decline in honey bee populations between April 2014 and April 2015. This read explores why so many honey bee colonies are in poor health and what can be done to change that. The reasons “mite” not be as clear as once thought.
There Is No “Healthy” Microbiome
Imagine this scenario: You’ve got a chronic digestive issue and you’ve tried just about everything to fix it. Well, almost everything. Would you be willing to use a turkey baster to deposit another human’s fecal matter if that promised a cure? As it turns out, we’ve all got a very close relationship with trillions of bacteria, and scientists are looking to them to gain insights into our health.
Which Baby Animals Look Cute? It May Be No Accident
Why are puppies and kittens so darn cute? Baby, they were born that way. There’s a reason we can’t resist the urge to take care of them. The evolution of cuteness as a survival strategy might have something to do with it.
The Holocene is a geological epoch that spans the last 11,000 years on Earth. It is marked by the melting of ice caps and human impacted climate change. Considering the effects that humans have had on Earth and its systems during this time, should we simply call it the “Anthropocene” (the Age of Humans)? “The trouble starts when this charismatic, all-encompassing idea of the Anthropocene becomes an all-purpose projection screen and amplifier for one’s preferred version of ‘taking responsibility for the planet,’” writes Jedediah Purdy. Read on, it gets deeper.
What California Can Learn From Saudi Arabia’s Water Mystery
What can drying desert springs in Saudi Arabia teach us about the California drought and the perils that face the globe’s fresh groundwater supply? Turns out quite a bit!