The Galápagos Islands archipelago is home to a complex ecosystem with a fascinating geological history, as well as unique examples of plant and animal life. The islands' flora and fauna inspired renowned naturalist Charles Darwin to formulate his theory of evolution, and thousands of tourists and scientists flock to the islands every year to further study the wildlife. Geography Thirteen major islands, seven smaller islands and about 125 islets and rocks make up the Galápagos Islands, which lie about 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. Straddling the equator, the islands in the chain are located in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Isabela, the largest island, covers 1,803 square miles (4,670 square km) and reaches an altitude of 5,600 feet (1,707 meters). The smallest of the main islands is South Plaza, with an area of 0.05 square miles (0.13 square km), or about 20 city blocks. Geology The Galápagos Islands … [Read more...] about The Galápagos Islands: Laboratory of Evolution
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Felicia Gans Globe Staff April 11, 2018 No one has validated the chatter that Brad Pitt is dating a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor. But you can’t keep the rumors from flying.Neri Oxman, an architect and professor at the MIT Media Lab, reportedly became friends with Pitt over an architecture project, and Pitt has since been seen on the MIT campus a few times.An unnamed source told the New York Post’s Page Six for a story last week that the relationship is “best described as a professional friendship . . . Their friendship has not turned into romance . . . as both are cautious.” Advertisement So we don’t know much about Oxman and Pitt’s connection. But here are 8 things we know about Oxman: Get The Weekender in your inbox: The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond. … [Read more...] about 8 things to know about MIT professor Neri Oxman, who has been linked to Brad Pitt
Climate change. Plastics polluting our oceans. Food insecurity and drought. These are issues on the minds of an increasing number of Americans. In a recent poll conducted by Pew Research Center, 74 percent of Americans agreed that our country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment. “The government should do everything they can,” said Daniel Horst, a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Sciences program at Cascadia College. “They have a large amount of power to affect change at the individual level, and can make national policies and budgeting that could support a huge swath of environmental programming.” While Horst is passionate about the role that government should play in protecting our environment, he believes that citizens have the power to enact and affect lasting change as well. Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Sustainable Practices offered at Cascadia College in the Seattle suburb of Bothell is unique. How? It prepares students to … [Read more...] about Is a Career in Sustainability on Your Horizon?
For all its sun, sand and craft beer, San Diego has pined to be great.About 150 years ago, city father Alonzo Horton called it “Heaven on Earth.” Around 1910, merchant and philanthropist George Marston dubbed it California’s Plymouth Rock. And in 1972 Mayor Pete Wilson named San Diego “America’s Finest City” despite the Republican national convention’s relocation to Miami Beach.A couple of out-of-town academics arrived soon after that and produced a visionary plan that’s been republished, translated into Spanish and augmented by seven new essays.It’s called “Temporary Paradise?” but unlike most planning documents, this one remains as relevant today as it was in 1974.Its authors, MIT’s Kevin Lynch and UC Berkeley’s Donald Appleyard lauded San Diego’s attributes that make it a paradise — the weather, the seaside setting.But they also but pointed out its shortcomings — traffic congestion, … [Read more...] about San Diego — a ‘temporary’ paradise?
Traditional flush toilets aren’t an option in many parts of the world, but neither is leaving people with unsafe and unhygenic choices. Now, one company is piloting a new loo that’s waterless, off-grid and able to charge your phone. Lina Zeldovich travels to Madagascar to witness the start of a lavatorial revolution. Eleonore Rartjarasoaniony – a 47-year-old mother, daughter and small-shop owner in Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo – stands in the middle of her yard, watching two young men in colourful overalls and rubber boots service her new waterless Loowatt toilet, which replaced her pit latrine a few months ago. At her feet, two lean, long-legged chickens, flocked by a bunch of fluffy chicks, peck at anything remotely resembling food, including my shoes. Inside a wooden shack behind her, Rartjarasoaniony’s elderly mother greets customers through a small window that overlooks the narrow, unpaved neighbourhood street. … [Read more...] about Madagascar has a hi-tech waterless toilet that charges your phone