the tANTalizing touch

We’ve noticed lately that whenever we teach, we have to tell students to look with their eyes and not with their phones and tablets.  Touch technology is everywhere nowadays, and we’re not immune to its charms.  Kristie recently upgraded her iPhone and touches, taps...

Message in a Cornicle

People hate aphids because they’re incredibly successful pests.  They love our vegetable gardens and our flower beds.  They hang out under leaves, safe from the sun, and drain a plant’s energy by drinking the sap.  They can also transmit all kinds of viruses. ...

Amazing Insect Feats

Today while we were teaching, we threw out a fact that entomologists use all the time to “wow” people: House flies can beat their wings 200 times per second.  Michael Barton of Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas asked us, “How does that compare to a hummingbird?”  We...