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Invasives, Non-natives, and Ecosystems

By Jim Virkler | August 13, 2020

Published 8-13-2020 The rapid rise of human population has brought with it an explosion of new concerns for humanity. World population first reached one billion in 1804. On a graphic…

Invasive Species Nightmare

By Jim Virkler | August 1, 2020

Published 8-1-2020 While researching the topic of invasive species we may be overcome with the overwhelming complexity of the topic. For the most part ‘invasions’ possess unpleasant overtones. Invasions are usually unwelcome,…

Active Nature Observers

By Jim Virkler | June 29, 2020

Published 6-29-2020 Continuing the topic of nature networking, we dive into a discussion of the inspiration provided by events in our own yard. We have just passed the summer solstice,…

Networking with Nature

By Jim Virkler | June 18, 2020

Published 6-18-2020 In modern parlance, networking signifies making contact and exchanging information. Usually it relates to interactions with other people, groups, or things. We refer to social networking with a nod to technology unheard…

By the Numbers

By Jim Virkler | June 6, 2020

Published 6-6-2020 “By the numbers” is a well-known modern idiom. Its use suggests doing things in a strict, exact, formulaic way. However, there is no literal meaning of numbers in a mathematical…

The Case for Microbe Parasites

By Jim Virkler | May 16, 2020

Published 5-16-2020 Lately anyone who makes a positive case for viruses may be looked upon with suspicion. In the case of one specific coronavirus, COVID-19, that view is understandable. The…

Post-COVID-19

By Jim Virkler | May 8, 2020

Health officials are confident the COVID-19 pandemic will soon be controlled. Given the modern array of effective weapons and practices for the control of infectious agents, the likelihood exists that…

Bondage to Decay

By Jim Virkler | April 27, 2020

Published 4-27-2020 Before dealing with an unusual passage from the Book of Romans describing the characteristics of decay present on our home planet, we first focus on more numerous passages…

Causes and Effects of Mutated Viruses

By Jim Virkler | April 18, 2020

Published 4-18-2020 In 1892 viruses were discovered to be infectious agents. The concept of such agents supported Louis Pasteur’s “germ theory” in the 19th century. No scientist had observed any virus until…

Viruses in Family History

By Jim Virkler | April 4, 2020

Published 4-4-2020 Childhood memories have been resurrected during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Personal experiences with viral diseases were a significant part of childhood events in the lives of most older…

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