Natural Selections

Natural Selections

Natural Selections: How do turtles survive a winter underwater?

(Dec 3, 2020) Unlike frogs, turtles don't hibernate through the winter. In fact, sometimes you can see snappers...

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Can Adirondack lake trout survive climate change?

(Jun 4, 2020) Lake trout require a lot of cold, oxygenated water to survive. Lakes in the Adirondacks of upstate New...

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More fish: good for the flowers, bad for the snakes

(Apr 30, 2020) The complex web of species interaction is full of odd associations. Stocking a lake with fish cuts...

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Really, really big bugs (and some tiny ones, too)

(Apr 23, 2020) Martha Foley? - not a fan of bugs. And Curt Stager took a course on them to steady his own reactions....

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How do you tell the age of a fossil?

(Apr 16, 2020) Unlike organic material, which can be dated using carbon-14, stone and fossils often contain no...

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When domesticated animals return to the wild

(Apr 9, 2020) What happens when certain species of domesticated animals like chickens and pigs escape to live and...

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Bullheads: For "bottom feeders" and "trash fish" they make pretty good parents

(Mar 26, 2020) Bullheads are slimy and hard to clean without hurting yourself, but both those qualities help them...

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The science behind maple syrup

(Mar 19, 2020) You can get the sugar out of a lot of trees, but there's something special about the sugar maple....

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No nitrogen, no food, no life

(Mar 12, 2020) Our atmosphere is about 80 percent nitrogen. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager explore the ways this...

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Sand and sandstone: mountains recycled into beaches, beaches petrified into bedrock

(Mar 5, 2020) When you're relaxing on an Adirondack beach, you're sitting on the weathered and filtered...

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Every rock has its own story

(Feb 27, 2020) Curt Stager has his students start the semester by picking out a "pet rock." At the end of...

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Why manatees are related to elephants, and whales are related to deer

(Feb 20, 2020) Animals that resemble each other may not be closely related. Sometimes the setting shapes their bodies...

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The manatee: like the mermaid, its kin live on land

(Feb 13, 2020) The big marine herbivore, the manatee, is thought by some to be the origin of mermaid legends, but...

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The science of snow

(Jan 23, 2020) The differing qualities of snow can determine the safety of structures, the back strain of shovelers...

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How you and me and flowers and bees get charged up (with static electricity)

(Jan 16, 2020) It's the reason opposites attract and doorknobs shock, why lightning strikes, and the way...

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Mole diversity: starry noses and hairy tails

(Jan 9, 2020) Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk more about three different types of moles that inhabit the...

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Moles: tiny sharks "swimming" under your lawn

(Jan 2, 2020) Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager reveal some interesting facts about the insectivores that tear up your...

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Glitches? Could be gremlins, could be cosmic rays

(Dec 26, 2019) Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss cosmic rays. While many people may think cosmic rays only...

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What is a flame?

(Dec 12, 2019) What is a flame? Why is it shaped like that? How does it keep going? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager...

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Why does hair just keep growing?

(Dec 5, 2019) Animals in the wild do not need haircuts; why do humans? And why just on the head?

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