As a crowd-pleasing family film, Dolphin Tale takes few risks but will still most likely be enjoyed by its target audience. It tells the "based on true events" story of Winter, a dolphin that lost its tail after getting caught in a crab trap off of the Florida Gulf Coast. After rescue and recovery, Winter learns to swim anew, in part thanks to a first-of-its-kind prosthetic dolphin tail.
Praying Mantis Escapes Death on Windshield, Now Beloved / Endangered Pet
A couple days ago we hopped into our car and pulled out of the driveway. Moments later, I saw an interesting looking insect clinging to our windshield. I thought it looked like a praying mantis, and sure enough Alicia thought it was too.
Help Save the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps
Over the past 27 years, nearly 15,000 young Pennsylvania citizens have served in the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps. Now, however, the program that served as a confidence builder and stepping stone for so many young people has been targeted for elimination.
Youth and the America’s Great Outdoor Initiative
While the America's Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO) targets all Americans, getting young people outside and enthusiastic about the outdoors is a major priority of the initiative that deserves elevated attention.
Presenting the 2011 Service and Conservation Corps Members of the Year
Each year The Corps Network honors Service and Conservation Corpsmembers whose accomplishments and personal stories exemplify the positive role that Corps serve for individuals and communities nationwide. As a member organization, we proudly represent over 150 organizations that operate in a total of 46 states and the District of Columbia. Approximately 33,000 young men and women join these organizations each year so that they can make a difference. They work on a broad range of projects, viewing themselves as the modern legacy-bearers of the legendary Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
Farewell to the Creator of the Ant Farm
I will make it no secret. I've been asking my wife for years if we could get a glow-in-the-dark ant farm. Now that our daughter is 3, the moment is imminent when I will probably enjoy our new pets more than she will. So when I saw news today that Milton Levine had died, "the co-creator of ant farms," I felt sad.
The Amazon and Red Pandas [Photos from the National Zoo]
These photos are from one of my family's recent visits to the National Zoo. During the winter, the Zoo's Amazonia building is a warm, humid, and enchanting refuge from the cold outside.
Scientists in Mexico Design a Customized Solar Power Air Conditioner
Scientists at Mexico’s Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico have developed a solar powered air conditioner that is appropriate for their country’s hot and humid climate.
My Thoughts about Obama and the Failure to Get a Climate Bill Passed
I imagine that there is a lot of hurting going on right now at desks and on couches across the country from D.C. to San Francisco. If you follow environmental news, the depressing word just got out. Some of the headlines include "Senate Democrats abandon comprehensive climate bill" (Washington Post) and "Democrats pull plug on climate bill" (Politico).
Protein from Jellyfish Might Improve Memory of Alzheimers Patients
A Wisconsin based biotechnology company claims that one of their clinical studies has shown that a protein extracted from a unique species of bioluminescent jellyfish helps improve the memories of Alzheimers patients.