Deep in the heart of Idaho lies the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, part of the largest roadless area left in the lower 48 states. At 2.5 million acres, it is larger than Yellowstone, yet most people have never even heard of it. Designated a federally-protected wilderness in 1980 by Congress, the region is full of deep canyons and mountain forests, rivers and abundant wildlife. Otters and elk, deer and coyotes, blue birds and bighorn sheep, and newly-restored wolf populations all thrive there.
I am continuously amazed when I hear about young scientists – high school students - who are making a difference in the future of medicine. I recently talked with Riley Ennis, a freshman at Dartmouth College, who won the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge last year and went on to become a U.S.
It’s a simple question with an astonishing answer. Fewer than 100 naturally occurring elements form the ingredients of everything in our world from solid rocks to ethereal gases, from scorching acids to the living cells in our body.
Amazing young scientists were doing amazing things on Saturday, March 24th at the Metro Richmond Science Fair. Two hundred seventy 7th-12th graders presented their research in categories ranging from Behavioral Science to Zoology.
The bushfires that tore through the Australian state of Victoria in February 2009 incinerated over a million acres of land, including key mountain ash forest ecosystems. Fires are a natural force of nature which spur regeneration, but the immediate aftermath of this giant firestorm was devastation. By the time the fires subsided, 173 people had lost their lives, over one million acres of mountain ash forest had been destroyed, and countless animals had perished. The overwhelming firestorm was one of the worst in the country’s history, and came to be known as Black Saturday.