Tag Archives: Rachel Sargent

In cold, wet woods, needle ice sprouts
The Outside Story
March 2, 2016

In cold, wet woods, needle ice sprouts

By Rachel Sargent

The bare ground of the trail wound through dead leaves and patchy snow. At a short overhang in the trail, I noticed spiky threads of ice growing up from the soil in crunchy clusters. A careless boot revealed how fragile these formations…

When mushrooms attack
The Outside Story
December 15, 2015

When mushrooms attack

By Rachel Sargent

The oyster mushroom: delicious, frequently spotted on veggie pizzas, and predatory. That’s right. The hyphae of many fungi, including the oyster mushroom, attack and paralyze prey. Then, as R. Greg Thorn of Western University enthusiastically described, the fungi “grow down their throats…

The Outside Story: Bees feel flower buzz
The Outside Story
August 21, 2015

The Outside Story: Bees feel flower buzz

 

By Rachel Sargent

Imagine you had a power that allowed you to pick up nearby objects without actually touching them. Imagine this power could help you find and choose the best foods while shopping. Imagine you could use this power to communicate with your…

The Outside Story: Spider silk
The Outside Story
July 31, 2015

The Outside Story: Spider silk

By Rachel Sargent

There is an all-natural material, produced at room temperature, that can be used to build homes, to make protective coverings, to hunt and trap, and even to swing through the air. It’s hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, and waterproof. On a per-weight basis it’s stronger…

Pass the pie…and crickets?
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November 25, 2014

Pass the pie…and crickets?

By Rachel Sargent As you put together a dinner plan for this Thanksgiving, perhaps you’re looking for something to add a little variety to the traditional holiday meal, or ways to eat healthy food while supporting good environmental practices. How about adding insects to the…