As my late Christmas present to you, here are eight new articles from last week.
First up, two new Extinction Countdown articles for Scientific American:
Bad News for Christmas: Frankincense Faces Uncertain Future
Caught on Video: Endangered Pygmy Hippo Seen Slipping through Nighttime Liberia
Next up, some interesting news items for Mother Nature Network:
Iowa town's pit bull ban forces veteran cop to give up his service dog
DNA of Genghis Khan's descendant sequenced in Inner Mongolia
Liquid metal capsules make self-healing electronics possible
And finally, three new "green living" blog posts for Green Hands USA:
How to Find the Greenest Restaurants in Your Area
Your Business Can Help Preserve Biodiversity
Outdoor Play Cuts ADHD Symptoms
This week will see me battling a nasty cold while writing several new features. I wonder what cold medicine will do to my prose? Stay tuned to find out!
Monday, December 26, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
First up, my latest articles about endangered species for Scientific American:
Should California Ban American Bullfrogs? [This was reprinted by the Huffington Post]
Sperm Bank and Reproductive Research Could Help Save Tasmanian Devils from Extinction [You can find all of my SciAm articles about the communicable cancer that has killed 70-90% of the world's Tasmanian devils in past 15 years here]
Mother Nature Network gave me two interesting stories this week:
'Like' this: Facebook and Greenpeace to collaborate on clean energy
Medical mystery robs voiceover artist of his voice, but finds magic pill in Ambien - [This was reprinted by Yahoo, who also put it on their front page.]
And finally, here are three new blog posts for Green Hands USA:
Hasbro Greens its Toy Packaging
Volkswagen Has World's Greenest Auto Plant
Taking Public Transportation Could Save You $816 a Month
There's lots more coming before the end of the year. What's that, time off for the holidays? Nah, not me!
Monday, December 12, 2011
Here are this week's links. First up, my usual two Extinction Countdown articles for Scientific American:
Endangered Ozark Hellbender Salamanders Breed in Captivity for the First Time
Do PCBs Still Threaten Humans? A Turtle Study Suggests They Might
Also, last week's article on rare Hainan gibbons was reprinted by the Huffington Post
Mother Nature Network had three new Platt bylines this week. I particularly enjoyed this first one, but all were interesting to research and write:
iSchool Initiative inspires students to go paperless and become 'mobile learners'
Should New York City ban horse-drawn carriages?
Former missile complex to become 'mock city' for training first responders
I loved conducing the interviews for my latest Today's Engineer article, which looks at a growing technology career:
Career Focus: App Development
And finally, after some time off, the folks at Green Hands USA have started up again. Here are three short new articles for them:
Does Your Tuna Contain Mercury?
Save Green While Going Green: Try Leasing Solar Power
Angry Birds Helps Fight Bird Extinctions
That's it for now. More next week!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
First up, two Extinction Countdown articles for Scientific American, both about species on the razor's edge of extinction (one of which might already be gone):
Have You Seen This 'Extinct' Snake? Snapping a Photo of It Alive Could Be Worth $500
Illegal Deforestation Threatens the Last 23 Hainan Gibbons
Mother Nature Network kinda put me on the dog beat last week, with two good stories about dogs. I also got to write about actress Hedy Lamarr and her hidden history of invention. (CNN linked to that article and gave it a great push).
Military dogs suffer from PTSD
You can thank 1940s sex symbol Hedy Lamarr for today's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices
Bulldogs face health problems from reckless breeding
Finally, here are two new book reviews for Graphic Novel Reporter.
I Will Bite You! And Other Stories
Uncle Scrooge: Like a Hurricane
Next week's list will be about twice as long. Keep an eye on my Twitter feed for the links as they happen!