A fungus. Yes, you read that right. The largest living thing on Earth is, in fact, a fungus. How? Is there a gigantic mushroom hidden deep in a forest somewhere? Not exactly. Although that would be both really cool and a bit terrifying. Could this be a giant mushroom hidden in the forest? Photo by… Continue reading The Largest Living Thing Is…
Snowflake Science: Educational Activity for Kids
It’s officially January, and, if you live in the colder parts of the northern hemisphere, that means winter weather is in full force. I can’t think of a better time to start introducing kids to the science behind one of the most famous winter weather phenomena: snow! There’s something magical about snow. Even those of… Continue reading Snowflake Science: Educational Activity for Kids
Kool Koalas: Animal Activity for Kids
I love koalas. They're one of my favorite animals (my other one is a hammerhead shark!). I spent a few months traveling the South Pacific a few years ago, and I was able to see koalas up close and personal while in Australia. I still count it as one of the coolest experiences of my… Continue reading Kool Koalas: Animal Activity for Kids
Real vs. Artificial Christmas Tree: What’s Better for the Environment?
I’ve always been a real Christmas tree person. I love the process of picking out the perfect tree and then getting it home to fill the house with its fresh smell. However, as I try to make my life more environmentally friendly, I wondered whether a real Christmas tree was a good idea. Even though… Continue reading Real vs. Artificial Christmas Tree: What’s Better for the Environment?
Sea Turtles vs. the Cold
A few months ago, my husband and I made our first trip to Cape Cod. We went after the summer tourist season had died down but before winter weather reached the area. Or I should say winter weather for Cape Cod. Since I’ve spent most of my life in the southeastern United States, New England’s… Continue reading Sea Turtles vs. the Cold
How Cleaning My Apartment Led to an Existential Crisis (AKA the Plastic-Climate Change Connection)
Yesterday, I went on a cleaning spree of my apartment. Did I plan on going into cleaning mode? Nope. I’d planned on getting computer work done. But, alas, it was not meant to be. It all started when I opened the closet to look for space for the sewing machine I asked my husband to… Continue reading How Cleaning My Apartment Led to an Existential Crisis (AKA the Plastic-Climate Change Connection)
The Magic Science Behind Cranberry Sauce
Everyone has a favorite holiday food. Some may love turkey; others might go for stuffing. For me, I have two Thanksgiving favorites. First, I love my mom’s sweet potato casserole. It’s not a proper Thanksgiving without it. I could spend today talking about exactly what makes her recipe so fantastic – but that’s less of… Continue reading The Magic Science Behind Cranberry Sauce
I’m Nicole, and I’m your friendly, neighborhood scientist and nature lover. This website is the culmination of my love of talking about science with the world, but it goes back a bit farther than that. Since this is an introductory blog post though and not War & Peace, I’ll summarize. Let’s go back to the beginning…… Continue reading Hi there!