Would you give a few minutes a year to reveal the future of forests? What would be the easiest citizen science project ever? Watching paint dry? Falling off a log? Maybe. But what would you, or anyone else, learn from that? We are starting a citizen science project almost as easy but much more important. Its called A Tree’s Life and all you need to do is monitor red maple growth in your yard. We even give you the supplies. It’s really just one supply called a dendrometer, and it does most of the work.
As a rule of thumb, we like to assume that if a surface exists, there’s something (or many things) living on it. These “things” are microscopic organisms – bacteria, fungi, protists, and even archaea – and they’re all very hard at work turning dead things anew into life, or even turning the nutrients in air into bits and pieces of their cells. We smell the presence of these workings, but forget to consider the thriving life forms it bespeaks.
Do clothes contribute to body odor? Let’s be real: I have body odor, you have body odor, we all have body odor. Most of us [...]
**This is a guest post written by NC State undergraduate, Jakini Kauba. Jakini has been collaborating with Dr. Clint Penick on the Beats project, digging [...]
What is the secret to a long life? The heartbeat of some animals may hold a clue. Studies have concluded that mammals get about a [...]
Today we're serving up an elephant double-feature. Click on over to Buzz Hoot Roar to get your second helping of pachyderms. Last week, I woke [...]
We share a lot with you, dear readers. Some might say too much (ahem, the plight of our own armpit bacteria, for example). Yet believe [...]
Delayed Gratification, Citizen Science and Why You Might Not Have Received an Email about Your Sample Yet
But, If You Are So Willing, You'll Receive Emails and Updates for the Next 10 Years. Also, Did I Tell You about the Cats? I [...]
Science and education are at their core acts of storytelling. Nature tells her story to scientists and scientists in turn share Nature’s stories with the [...]
This past week we reconnected with Jiri Hulcr, resident Forest Entomologist at the University of Florida (and Dunn lab alum) who has just recently launched [...]
It is an animal the size of a pinky finger. It hops wildly, blindly out of the dark. And still, somehow, it has moved unstudied [...]
A visitor prepares to sniff the odorous house ant. Photo credit: Magdalena Sorger. This past weekend at the North Carolina Museum of Natural [...]
Your Wild Life is excited to announce that we're bringing our wild brand of science into classrooms! We're embarking on a new five-year project to [...]
*This post first appeared on the Scientific American Guest Blog on September 9, 2013.* When it comes to science, I have the patience of a [...]