Tag Archives: the outside story

Water Scorpions: underwater assassins
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November 22, 2016

Water Scorpions: underwater assassins

By Declan McCabe Recently, my daughter participated in Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem-solving competition devoted to ingenuity and team work. As an entomologist, I was thrilled to learn…

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…

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September 21, 2016

An abundance of caution: wild food and risk

By Benjamin Lord “I’ve got a botanical question for you,” my friend said as he came into my classroom the other day. “Is black nightshade edible?” He’d found some growing…

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August 31, 2016

The dirt on roots

By Joe Rankin You can pretty much count on a tree to stay in one place, at least in the real world. Not so in fiction. Remember the walking, talking…

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August 24, 2016

Singing a different tune

By Laurie Morrissey Birdsong has always fascinated humans. Besides waking some of us up a wee bit too early in the morning, it has inspired musical compositions and immortal poetry….

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August 10, 2016

Good news for wild bees?

By Joe Rankin The honey bee is an introduced species in North America. It’s only been here about 400 years, brought by English colonists who found none after stumbling ashore…