Mother Nature Network

Jul 23

Tree planted in memory of George Harrison succumbs to beetle infestationA banner day for irony turns out to be a not-so-great day for trees dedicated to greenthumbed British rock stars.

Tree planted in memory of George Harrison succumbs to beetle infestation
A banner day for irony turns out to be a not-so-great day for trees dedicated to greenthumbed British rock stars.

How to get comfortable in a stranger’s skinNew empathy-building app lets you swap lives with people you don’t know.

How to get comfortable in a stranger’s skin
New empathy-building app lets you swap lives with people you don’t know.

How to garden for bumblebeesCreating a bumblebee-friendly garden will help the struggling pollinators and be a boon for your blooms as well.

How to garden for bumblebees
Creating a bumblebee-friendly garden will help the struggling pollinators and be a boon for your blooms as well.

You’d think a beagle rescued from a testing lab might not make a great pet (but you’d be so wrong)Melanie Kaplan’s rescued beagle, Alexander Hamilton, is different from most rescued dogs. He wasn’t found wandering the streets or adopted from an animal shelter. Hamilton, or “Hammy” for short, was rescued from a laboratory where experiments are conducted on animals — a lab funded by taxpayer money.Hamilton is one of the DC7, seven beagles freed from a Washington-area lab last year by the Beagle Freedom Project, a nonprofit that works to release dogs used in research.Read more.

You’d think a beagle rescued from a testing lab might not make a great pet (but you’d be so wrong)
Melanie Kaplan’s rescued beagle, Alexander Hamilton, is different from most rescued dogs. He wasn’t found wandering the streets or adopted from an animal shelter.
 
Hamilton, or “Hammy” for short, was rescued from a laboratory where experiments are conducted on animals — a lab funded by taxpayer money.

Hamilton is one of the DC7, seven beagles freed from a Washington-area lab last year by the Beagle Freedom Project, a nonprofit that works to release dogs used in research.

Read more.

A (greener) life behind barsThe Sustainability in Prisons Project transforms prisoners’ lives while enriching the planet.

A (greener) life behind bars
The Sustainability in Prisons Project transforms prisoners’ lives while enriching the planet.

How to take your dog anywhere, with the help of 6 smart phone appsIt can be hard navigating a trip when you have a canine companion with you. These apps help keep Fido safe and make finding dog-friendly hotels, parks, and restaurants easy.

How to take your dog anywhere, with the help of 6 smart phone apps
It can be hard navigating a trip when you have a canine companion with you. These apps help keep Fido safe and make finding dog-friendly hotels, parks, and restaurants easy.

Elephants have a more powerful sense of smell than dogs and ratsElephants use their superior sniffers to forage for food, identify family members and determine the difference between tribes in Africa.

Elephants have a more powerful sense of smell than dogs and rats
Elephants use their superior sniffers to forage for food, identify family members and determine the difference between tribes in Africa.

Is Antarctica getting icier? New study sparks debateThe controversy around the amount of sea ice is due to the dataset that scientists have used for the past few years as their baseline possibly being wrong.

Is Antarctica getting icier? New study sparks debate
The controversy around the amount of sea ice is due to the dataset that scientists have used for the past few years as their baseline possibly being wrong.

Bats use polarized light as a nighttime compassScientists are unsure how bats detect polarized light, especially as bats seem able to see such light after sunset or when it’s cloudy.

Bats use polarized light as a nighttime compass
Scientists are unsure how bats detect polarized light, especially as bats seem able to see such light after sunset or when it’s cloudy.

Recipe: Bourbon and Butternut Squash Ice Cream Floats

Recipe: Bourbon and Butternut Squash Ice Cream Floats