Trees Have Their Own Songs

Posted by Soren Dreier Author: Ed Yong Just as birders can identify birds by their melodious calls, David George Haskell can distinguish trees by their sounds. The task is especially easy when it rains, as it so often does in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Depending on the shapes and sizes of their leaves, the different plants react to falling drops by producing “a splatter of metallic sparks” or “a low, clean, woody thump” or “a speed-typist’s clatter.” Every species has its own song. Train your ears (and abandon the distracting echoes of a plastic rain jacket) and you can carry out … Continue reading Trees Have Their Own Songs

Are Toxic Chemicals Turning Boys Into Girls?

Dr. Melody Milam Potter, Green Med Info Waking Times Male births have been in decline for decades, while researchers say developmental genital damage from chemical exposure can become hereditable. Endocrine Disruptors Sabotage the Male Fetus In the dark warmth of the womb, a miracle unfolds silently and inexorably. An unrecognizable glom of cells begins to take shape according to a master plan laid down eons ago. The tiny mass that will soon form a priceless treasure burgeons into human form with fingers, toes, and a minuscule nose. It is female, and only nature can read the instructions that determine whether … Continue reading Are Toxic Chemicals Turning Boys Into Girls?

Where to Turn When You’re Shooting Blanks

by Steven Blum Infertile men find community online Phillip Congelliere calls his sperm his “little guys.” He talks about them in a jocular way, though they’ve consistently let him down. In a YouTube videowith his friend Mason, part of a series on his family’s adoption process, he makes a cone with their hands to describe how his sperm are supposed to look: pointy enough to pierce an egg. “Mine look like little hammerhead sharks, or at least that’s how I’m imagining them,” Mason admits, weaving his hands together to form a bridge. “They just hit [the egg] and bounce off.” reading Where to Turn When You’re Shooting Blanks