Big Pharma and Big Ag have a baby. Not done quite yet but the contractions are closer and closer, and the Agent Orange - tinged water is about to break. Now, if these 5 billion pound gorillas could concoct a way to own all the the world’s topsoil and oxygen and sell it back to us, they’d be in high RoundUp-ready cotton. Bayer, Monsanto to merge in mega-deal that could reshape world’s food supply – The Boston Globe Bayer and Monsanto: A Merger of Two Evils: …

Monsanto and Bayer to Consummate Unholy Union Read more »

One of the most useful and fairly recent ways to understand the impact of human commerce and lifestyles on the biological and material resources and processes of the planet is to express that use in terms of a carbon or water or energy or soil “footprint.” But up until now it has not been possible to express with precision the impact of human carbon footprints on Arctic sea ice. It’s one thing to have a number for your shoe size, but another thing altogether to know …

My CO2 Melts 50 Meters of Arctic Ice Read more »

There was a time when, on this blog, I posted a couple of times a week about some new discovery from the natural world or about some oddity or creature feature that amazed me. That, after all, is who I am: a professional and professed tree hugger. That crowd of former biology-receptive readers has wandered off elsewhere, so I don’t have so much to say about my private delight in the natural world, where even here on the back nine, I continue to marvel …

The Biology of Vocation Read more »

One of the most unforgettable books I read in grammar school–maybe the sixth grade–told the story of two people who “died” in a car wreck intentionally made to happen by “the bad guys.” The villains were evil scientists and the victims a good-science man and wife. I forget the details but somehow their brains were harvested soon after the wreck, suspended in glass jars and connected to what we would now call a computer. By means of this connection, they could communicate and could …

Mail-Order Mini-Brains Read more »

All are Invited to Floyd Arts Dialogue to Discuss: What Role Does Art Play in STEM? STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. There has been much recent debate in educational circles from elementary to graduate levels to explore ways in which these vital disciplines can be better integrated with the practical outcome of equipping American students to solve real-world problems. Will we better train the “hard” disciplines to create effective collaborative solutions to problems present and future if the artist’s way of sensing …

Floyd Arts Dialogue September 18th Read more »