Film Reflection: Africa

One of BBC Earth's TV miniseries, Africa features the staples of intensive camera work and David Attenborough. The six-episode series released in 2013 travels between the Kalahari Desert, eastern savanna, Congo rainforest, southern Cape, Sahara, and a thematic episode focused on conservation and Africa's future. African wildlife and wilderness are full of jungle and safari …

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Film Reflection: Life On Location

“How do they film that?” I always ask. “How do they coordinate? What are they not showing me?” That is how I watch natural history documentaries in between the “ah! That's so cool!” and “hmm, interesting. I should look that up.” Then one day on Netflix I saw BBC Earth's 2009 Life: On Location, where …

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Film Reflection: Wildest Middle East

After reading What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam & Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis and watching Rory Stewart's The Great Game (incredible dual documentaries on imperialism and Afghan independence) on Netflix (the first is also on YouTube), I continued the theme and watched an installment on one of my favorite natural history …

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Keystone Species in a Yellowstone Shell

Keystone species: like a stone bridging the two sides of an arch, once removed the structure crumbles. One of ecologists favorite example in the last twenty years has been the grey wolf. Humans have a long history of destroying ecosystems and obliterating biodiversity. More than likely we've seen the loss of more keystone species than …

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Unpopular Vestigial Structure

Science classes from middle school up to the second year of university, popular science books, and many internet sources cling to cliche examples. Don't talk to me about the bottleneck effect and use cheetahs as an example--just don't. If you're a complete nerd like me and constantly prowl for something new to learn, finding a …

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Beauty of Composting and the Soil Nutrient Cycle

You watch your favorite TV show. The characters discuss a conflict over the dinner table and by the time the argument resolves or exasperates the characters retire to the kitchen. They shovel the left overs of the meal into the trash bin. Perfectly good food. It had the potential to be tomorrow's lunch. Even the …

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Adrenaline and Hypothermia: Fact versus Hollywood Fiction

Adrenaline. This is the magical solution for many a questionably-survivable scenario in a movie or video game. As a biology nerd and exploration history buff I feel like shouting to the world, “That’s not how adrenaline works!” More recently I’ve watched a YouTube playthrough of Until Dawn, which is a survival horror game set in …

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