New Technology to Clean up Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is a large patch of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. And it’s a terrifying sight to see. Videos currently circulating show waves of plastic, as if there were no water underneath. According to an article in Scientific Reports, the GPGP consists of about 80,000 … More New Technology to Clean up Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Chicago Sounds

Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud       to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning. Carl Sandburg, “Chicago” Each city has its very own set of noises. The streetcars in San Francisco sound different lumbering down the street than the faint sound the Metro emits up … More Chicago Sounds

Annie Dillard’s Nature Writing & Women at Home

“What is important is anyone’s coming awake and discovering a place, finding in full orbit a spinning globe one can lean over, catch, and jump on. What is important is the moment of opening a life and feeling it touch–with an electric hiss and cry–this speckled mineral sphere, our present world.” As a reader and … More Annie Dillard’s Nature Writing & Women at Home

Defining Nature

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature (1836) Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote many reflections on what makes nature, nature. It’s true that when we think of the natural world, roads and skyscrapers don’t come to mind, but mountains, rivers, lakes, ocean, wildlife, vegetation. But, looking out a hotel window downtown … More Defining Nature