Environment

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Marlene Zuk on "Paleofantasy," her new book about what evolution really tells us

Dick Swanson talked Sept. 6 with Dr. Marlene Zuk, professor of ecology, evolution & behavior at the U of Minn., about her recent book, "Paleofantasy: What evolution really tells us about sex, diet, and how we live." The book addresses the belief that humans were at some point much healthier and more environmentally acclimated that we are today, shows how & why we're different from our ancestors, and lots more. A can't-put-it-down read, especially if you like science.


There's a lot to see in the night & daytime skies in mid-September (Photo Fiddler/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Harvest Moon, Waning Daylight & More In Mid-Sept.

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.


Moss Animal (Karen Montgomery/Flickr)

Otherworldly moss animals: Freshwater bryozoa

These aquatic creatures look like something from a science fiction movie. In this edition of North Woods Naturalist, WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Andersen about moss animals.


There's a lot to see in the night sky in late August & early September (Mike Lewinski/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Saturn, Spica & Beehive Cluster in Early Sept.

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.


Molting red-tailed hawk

Molting: an important part of bird's life

An important part of being a bird is going through the molt, or molts…because it’s a constant replenishing of what makes birds, birds: feathers.


The Lake Superior Project / logo by Lauryl Loberg -Photo by Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

LSProject: Ballast Water Discharge Permit Updates

Invasive species are arguably one of the biggest—and most expensive—issues facing Lake Superior and the Great Lakes today.


See the Sturgeon moon. Photo by RalphHightower via Flickr.

Northern Sky: Catch the Sturgeon Moon this August

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.


Canoe on Gunflint Lake (Maury Landsman/Flickr)

Canoeist Natalie Warren on her new venture, Wild River Academy

Natalie Warren, one of the first two women to paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, has a new venture, Wild River Academy, to connect young people with the land, the water, and themselves, through canoeing. Dick Swanson chatted with her Aug. 9 about that, and about her upcoming three-month canoe journey down the Mississippi from the headwaters to New Orleans.


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Grad student at Institute on the Environment challenges students to get creative

Ann Possis chatted Aug. 2 with Joey Reid, grad student at the U of M's Institute on the Environment, about the 'environmental hackathon' he conducted recently, bringing students of diverse backgrounds together to try to solve big environmental problems through creative play and thinking. You may want to try the marshmallow challenge at home!


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New model of iceberg behavior suggests major breakage potential in Antarctica, Greenland

Dr. Jeremy Bassis, assistant professor of atmospheric, oceanic & space sciences at the Univeristy of Michigan, joined Dick recently to discuss icebergs. Bassis is lead author of a paper on a new model of iceberg calving & formation that shows that stretches of ice on the coasts of Greenland & Antarctica are in danger of rapidly breaking apart and falling into the sea. Learn more about how this model works, and what the effect might be on global sea levels.