Asian Carp: The Mississippi River Invaders

Invasive species abound in North America. Some, like the zebra mussel, arrived in the United States unintentionally. Others, like kudzu, the Burmese python, and the common pigeon, were purposefully introduced by people to the continent. Intentionally introduced species often carry a sentimental or economic importance to people. These organisms are escaped pets or farm animals,… Read More

On the Perilous Future of the Oceans

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), humanity’s carbon-emitting ways could significantly affect the future of the planet’s oceans. Since 2013, the NRDC has collaborated with 11 other entities in an effort to examine the impact of carbon emissions on the ocean and on current patterns of climate change. In the worst scenario, society… Read More

On Achievement

There is no greater honor than the feeling of accomplishment. Whether it involves attaining a goal, meeting an expectation, or obtaining a memento to commemorate some intangible victory, achievement of any sort is satisfying. It embodies a winner—the head honcho, the big cheese, the Grand Pubaa—that has conquered defeat, nature, and adversity. But what is… Read More

Off Topic: The Science and Plight of Beluga Sturgeon

The beluga sturgeon is arguably the world’s largest living species of bony fish (Osteichthys) Damming the Volga Following the end of World War II, the U.S.S.R. underwent massive post-war industrialization. Under the decree of Premier Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union constructed the “Great Building Sites of Communism”. This followed the success of Stalin’s “Great Plan… Read More

Off Topic: Terror Birds

Following the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, surviving species rapidly radiated across the planet, evolving into myriad bizarre and beautiful forms. In South America, an island continent until three million years ago, many weird and wonderful species emerged and disappeared. Three-toed horses, giant ground sloths, weird-hoofed mammals, giant rodents, and marvelous marsupials… Read More