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Can Access to Nature Improve Mental Health?

Many Virginians get to enjoy the outdoors by breathing in mountain air, hiking our many trails, or hanging out near a favorite watery spot. It’s great for our bodies, a perfect opportunity to be reunited with granola snacks, and it’s even good for our mental health. This brings up a few questions. Can nature really improve mental health? And if so, how can we increase the general public’s access to green spaces? All great questions for science to answer!

What Can Dino Dandruff Teach Us?

People still love dinosaurs! Dinosaurs still reign supreme in movies and video games. Scientists too are still all about these extinct beasts with new discoveries being made all of the time. The most recent dino-discovery has experts better understanding the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds. This was not your standard dino bone discovery, but it certainly was head and shoulders above the rest. Dino dandruff is now helping us see some pretty important similarities between these terrible lizards and birds.

Why Are Hurricanes Slowing Down?

Climate scientists around the world are getting very excited about this time of year, hurricane season! While these storms are very dangerous and cause lots of damage, studying them allows for us to better prepare for the future. Naturally, climate scientists have been learning a lot from these big storms from the past as well. In fact, new information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is making a lot of buzz right now, and it’s a slow burn too. For those of you looking forward to just getting these hurricanes over with, slow down.

Can Ice Cores Tell Us About Human History?

Glacial ice cores are mile-long cylindrical columns of layered ice that are drilled out of the thickest parts of ice sheets from places like Greenland or Antarctica. Glacial ice cores are fascinating feats of human scientific and technologic achievement and they’re highly-detailed collection of environmental information too. A recent study has been able to see the rise and fall of the Roman Empire by studying the ancient climate by studying ice cores. How cool is that? Ice cold, of course.

How Many Species are Left to be Discovered?

Let’s talk about the animal kingdom. As of last year nearly 80% of American households have domesticated dogs or cats. These familiar pets are just some examples of the 1.2 million species of living things known by science. This big number accounts for your pets, plants, wild animals, fungi, single celled organisms, and algae-like lifeforms, but more impressive is the number of species that have yet to be discovered by science.

Are There Health Benefits To The Hunter-Gatherer Diet?

Health problems continue to be a major issue for the human species. Every year hundreds of millions of people are diagnosed with conditions that either impact quality of life or lead to more grim situations. Our health is easily the most important aspect of our lives and any new research on this topic is very closely studied, scrutinized, and distributed for public awareness. So, when a remarkable find in the medical community happens, we take it upon ourselves to let you know!