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Carpenter ants: Consumers of everything but wood
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December 21, 2016

Carpenter ants: Consumers of everything but wood

By Madeline Bodin

Mention carpenter ants, and Declan McCabe, chair of the biology department at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, thinks about the time he got a lungful of formic acid. He had taken a class into the field to survey insects. He saw a…

Vermont: running dry?
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October 5, 2016

Vermont: running dry?

By Madeline Bodin Scenes from the West’s five-year drought are striking – the cracked mud at the bottom of a dry reservoir, forests in flames. Wonder what a drought would look like in Vermont and New Hampshire? Look out the window. This is the first…

The Outside Story: Have you seen a mountain lion?
The Outside Story
February 3, 2016

The Outside Story: Have you seen a mountain lion?

By Madeline Bodin

In the photo, the mountain lion lies on its side on the shoulder of a Connecticut parkway. Taillights shine in the distance. A Connecticut state trooper snapped the photo after a motorist had struck and killed the animal on a June night…

The Outside Story: A primordial lake monster
The Outside Story
October 23, 2015

The Outside Story: A primordial lake monster

 

By Madeline Bodin

It came from the lake. It is a life form nearly as old as life itself. Living peacefully in the depths for eons, it is awakened by humankind’s abuse of the environment. It strikes out with toxins that attack nerves or…

The Outside Story: Compost provides hot action
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October 8, 2014

The Outside Story: Compost provides hot action

By Madeline Bodin

At the University of New Hampshire’s organic dairy research farm near Durham, N.H., even the heat for the wash water is organic and locally-sourced.

The heat comes from the farm’s composting facility, a building that looks like an eight-bay garage but actually…