packrat palace

Packrats build time capsules inside canyon walls

April 26, 2022

Although sandstone walls might look solid, they can be riddled with their residents’ long-lasting residue.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Patriarch of Russia Kirill and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (in background), at a monastery outside Moscow in 2017.

Russian church leader puts the blame of invasion on those who flout ‘God’s law,’ but taking biblical law out of its historical context doesn’t work

April 22, 2022

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, preached a sermon on March 6, 2022, in which he suggested the violation of “ God’s law ” provided divine license for the war against Ukraine. In particular, Kirill pointed to Ukrainian acceptance of gay rights and the promotion of gay...

Man pushing a brick

We need to talk about stress, coping and recovery

April 4, 2022

It’s no great pleasure to discuss long-term stress and trauma, and that’s surely a big reason why people tend to avoid such topics. Sometimes, however, hard conversations are necessary. One important takeaway from the messages I have received recently from faculty, staff and students is that frustrations are still festering,...

Foothills death camas

A rare relationship between death camas and death camas miner bees

April 1, 2022

Plant is deadly to animals, but one species of bee has a unique symbiosis with it.

Desert holly

Native Americans used desert holly for food, dyes and medicines

March 17, 2022

The San Rafael River cuts through the San Rafael Swell, forming the Little Grand Canyon. In early April, we were hiking upstream in the canyon when we stopped for a rest and a snack and to assess the curtain of rain that appeared to be bearing down on us. My...

Bible

Why translating ‘God’s law’ to government law isn’t easy

March 17, 2022

The relationship between certain interpretations of the Bible and public life in the U.S. continues to be in the headlines. During the March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2022, the Bible featured prominently, with passages from the books of Jeremiah and Proverbs, among others, on...

Tthree different variations of Redpolls shown in the picture are the Hoary Redpoll (left), the Common Redpoll (center), and the Lesser Redpoll (right).

Redpolls reflect continuous variation influenced by supergene in one species

March 9, 2022

As always, unexpected and important discoveries prompt new questions and suggest new lines of research.

The Moon.

A rocket is going to crash into the Moon–the accidental experiment will shed light on the physics of impacts in space

March 3, 2022

Scientists will have a rare opportunity to study how natural collisions pummel and scour planetary surfaces.

ruddy

Ruddy copper butterflies are sexually dimorphic for color and color vision

Feb. 2, 2022

It seems that reproductive success and sexual dimorphisms for dorsal color and for vision are inexorably interdependent in ruddy copper butterflies.

Change

Welcome to a season of change

Jan. 24, 2022

Nothing is permanent except change, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously observed. What was true then is true now, and the times in which we live emphasize that point.

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