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Can Hot Peppers Be Used for Pest Control?

For those trying to maintain a nice yard, you know pests can totally be an issue, right? Well the same thing applies for big scale projects, like grassland restoration. For example, planting seeds to revive a region’s flora is significantly more difficult if local critters are eating up the seeds before they have a chance to grow. Non-toxic approaches are obviously not ideal, so looking for a natural alternative led scientists to a hot new idea, using peppers!

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!

How Is Climate Change Impacting Sharks?

It’s Shark Week, an entire week devoted to one of the Earth’s most misunderstood and magnificent animals. While sharks have captured the imagination of millions as a dangerous and ferocious hunter, there’s much more to these fish than what horror movies show us. Sharks, like all other animals, are simply trying to live their lives and survive in the wild and are feeling the same stresses as other creatures. Human encroachment, overfishing, and even climate change impacts.

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