Blue’s Clues

by James Morris

Animals sport a rich palette of colors. Think of a bright red cardinal, orange monarch butterfly, yellow warbler, green grasshopper, brown snake, or black-and-white striped zebra. Blue is less common. In fact, blue is one of the rarest colors in the animal world. Of course, there are blue eyes, peacock feathers, and butterflies. But these blues are not made in the same way that other colors in animals are commonly produced. Continue reading

The Ears Have It

by James Morris

Your ears, which allow you to hear sounds – from the babbling of a brook to the wail of a siren to the song of a bird to the words of a friend – also have the remarkable ability to make sounds. That’s right – your ears actually produce sounds. These sounds can be detected and used for many practical and sometimes surprising purposes. Continue reading

Balancing Act

by James Morris

William Happer, a retired Princeton University physicist and Deputy Assistant for Emerging Technologies on the National Security Council, recently stated that carbon dioxide is beneficial to humanity and therefore should not be regulated in any way. In biology, however, the idea that things are “good” or “bad” is simply a lot of hot air. Continue reading

A Case for Compassion

by James Morris

Last week, the United Nations reported that one million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction. The high rate of extinction we are currently experiencing is a result of all kinds of human activities, notably climate change, pollution, hunting, over-harvesting, deforestation, land use changes, and the like. Continue reading

Trees Aren’t Brown

by James Morris

Sometimes, it’s hard to see what’s right in front of you.

I recently overheard a conversation between my wife and a close friend. My friend just took up painting, and my wife has painted for many years. They were talking about how to paint trees, when my wife commented, “Look closely at trees – they aren’t brown.”

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