Natural Things: Notes from a Natural History Museum | News

Streams of running water have been important to people as far back as we can tell. The ancient Greeks named diverse Naiads who presided over the supernatural aspects of streams. Closer to home, the colonial Spanish recognized the importance of streams. Many of the Mexican land grants that were issued to colonists before 1836 referred … Read more

Biologists find drastic reduction of bats at Azure Cave, likely due to WNS | ABC Fox Great Falls

Press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks: ZORTMAN – A recent survey of bats at Azure Cave in Phillips County found a significant population reduction since last year, likely due to white-nose syndrome (WNS). Biologists from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Natural Heritage Program and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted their regular … Read more

Biologists find drastic reduction of bats at Azure Cave, likely due to WNS | Great-falls

Press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks: ZORTMAN – A recent survey of bats at Azure Cave in Phillips County found a significant population reduction since last year, likely due to white-nose syndrome (WNS). Biologists from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Natural Heritage Program and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted their regular … Read more

Mike Lunsford: The science of awe | News Columns

In his book, “A Private History of Awe,” essayist Scott Russell Sanders tells us about his personal journey through a life underscored by wonder and exploration and observation. He wanted the best of those things for his children; wants them for his grandchildren too. He writes, “It’s often said a young child is like a … Read more

Scientists Racing Against Time To Document Colombian Fern Species

Alejandra Vasco holding a fern of the genus Elaphoglossum in Ecuador in 2018 Weston Test Colombian Botanist Alejandra Vasco is realizing a long-held dream to document the vast diversity of ferns in her home country, racing against time to find new species threatened by climate change and other human activities. Vasco, a research botanist at … Read more

Boeing Starliner Nears Launch As ISS Astronauts Work on Space Botany and Human Research

By NASA May 18, 2022 Boeing Starliner illustration. Credit: Boeing The International Space Station (ISS) is preparing for the targeted arrival of Boeing’s Starliner crew ship on the company’s Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission. Meanwhile, the Expedition 67 crew is continuing its ongoing life science research while maintaining orbital lab systems. Weather forecasters anticipate a … Read more

TAs can help open doors for students in life sciences

Breena Gaskov in a lab Sometimes we have had a class where the subject material seems a bit tough to interpret. And sometimes a teaching assistant who has been in our place helps make the connections we could not initially see. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate students who have studied any life sciences field … Read more