Cold, Glorious Cold: How Cold Snaps Play a Role in Managing Invasive Species


Supercooled bugs: What role does cold play in managing invasive species? Believe it or not, some insects have internal antifreeze to get through the winter.

Hair Ice and Frost Flowers: Beautiful Ice Crystal Structures

Frost flowers grow from plant stems that crack open. Photo: US Department of Agriculture / CC by 2.0

These beautiful ice crystals seem to grow out of plants, logs, and the ground. What are hair ice and frost flowers, and how do they form in nature?

Rain, Rain, Come Again: California Drought Lingers On

Many US salad crops come from California. Image by kzinn

The California drought is threatening the nation’s food supply; fires are a risk as well. What implications are there for the state’s forests and farmers?

Pucker Up: Mistletoe Ecology

Mistletoe creates nest-like structures in trees. Image by HFK.

How did a parasitic plant come to be a bringer of Christmas romance? Let’s just say that Mistletoe knows a lot about relationships.

California Wildfire Threatens Yosemite and Sends San Francisco Into a State of Emergency

The Northern California wildfire known as the Rim Fire is huge - and only 7% contained as of August 25th. Image of the California Fire Map by Decoded Science

The Rim Fire is threatening San Francisco’s power and water supply and could endanger some of the iconic giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park.