Category Archives: Medicine

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

It’s Not About You

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

It Takes Two

by James Morris
Photograph by Randy Phillis

Great fleas have little fleas,
Upon their backs to bite ‘em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas,
and so, ad infinitum.

~ Augustus De Morgan, A Budget of Paradoxes

You are not alone. Certainly, you have family and friends to help, support, and encourage you. But you have even more intimate partnerships.

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Cool Beans

by James Morris
Illustration by Sara Haidermota

A few summers ago, I was driving my two sons to a trail head for a hike in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. They were going with a group of kids up a mountain called Iroquois.

I advised them to be sure to bring lots of water for the long hike. In turn, they asked me how I was going to spend my day. “Writing about urine,” I replied.

“Urine?” they asked incredulously.

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