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

On Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico

On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in American History, Hurricane Isaac struck New Orleans and ravaged the area with 16 inches of rain and abrasive 80-mph gusts of wind. The Bayou, still recovering from Katrina’s wrath seven years ago, experienced severe flooding as the Mississippi River swelled past its banks. More… Read More