You call that science!?

We are all fans of science here, and most of us are fans of pop culture (I assume.) So it’s always fun to see science captured or involved in popular media. Unfortunately, that often leads to bad science information. We’ve all seen it: rush orders on lab samples making them …


Random Ramulus: Climbing Perch

Ok, today we are going to start something new. We are going to climb up into the tree of life and pick a random branch to look at. Basically my plan is to find a species (feel free to give me recommendations) learn a little bit about it to teach …


Mano y L. mono

I’ve tried writing this post a couple times now and it always turns out dull. This time I am including that as a preface so that I can make myself consciously aware of the fact and thus hopefully avoid it… I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum and …


Geocaches: Hidden Treasures All Around.

I live in the Midwest, so trends, fads, and generally everything that the rest of the world does for fun takes a long time to get here. That is why I was oblivious, when at a conference recently, some of my co-attendees were talking about an activity called Geocaching. For …

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Making Mycological Masterpieces

Identifying mushrooms can be a lot of fun, but it can also leave you with beautiful artwork. Today I would like to tell you about the mycologist’s art: spore prints. When identifying mushrooms, one of the key features is spore color. The spores of a mushroom are its reproduction unit, …


Of Fae and Fungi

“And I serve the fairy queen, To dew her orbs upon the green.” –A Midsummer Night’s Dream A few weeks ago I was asked about some mushrooms in a field near work. Not about what kind of mushrooms they were, or if they were edible, but why they were growing …

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Lift a rock, and you’ll find me there.

Hey, it’s me, Chris Tucker! No, not that Chris Tucker: I don’t know Jackie Chan, and if you ask nicely I am fine with you touching my radio. Although, to be honest, how green would that be? Anyway; as you have probably guessed by this point, I am a new …