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Category Archives: Climate Change and Ecology
As I write this Italy is reporting its deadliest day since the beginning of the coronavirus. 368 people are dead, and I am reading A.E. Van Vogt’s Slan, Larry Niven’s Ringworld, and Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake for a module called “Altered Humans –… Continue reading
James Cameron’s Avatar is by no means an original work. In one comedic picture after the movie aired, the Huffington Post derisively labeled it “’Pocahontas’ in Space.” Moreover, it is not the only example of media that tries to espouse the viewer to think critically about our own relationship with nature and the world around […] Continue reading
After watching Interstellar for class, one student asked what we thought might have happened to all the animals. We know that the characters in the movie only eat corn, with no meat in their diets. A different student suggested that that was because livestock is one of the least cost and energy-efficient ways to consume […] Continue reading
I have a confession. I never considered myself a fan of science fiction. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I didn’t see myself as one until I was 20 years old. If we’re being honest, I had always regarded science fiction as a genre for geeks. I thought it could offer me little, and […] Continue reading
Meteorologists and climatologists around the world are sounding the alarm about the role human actions have played in bringing about “global warming.” And apparently, filmmakers are, too. The rise in ocean temperatures is being met with a rise in t… Continue reading
In my opinion, “Entanglement” was one of the most beautiful stories that we read this semester. The way that Singh wove together the brief snapshots of multiple lives was so satisfying to read. The ending left me with that “A-ha!̶… Continue reading
Signing off with your fortnightly dose of science news. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere recently surpassed 400 parts per million, higher than it has been anytime in the past 400,000 years. But only half of the human produced carbo… Continue reading