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March 2015 - Editor's Blog

Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!

  • Like many people, I am fascinated by tardigrades, small invertebrates with 8 legs, segmented bodies, and mouth parts that make them look like nothing else in nature. Also known as water bears or moss piglets, they always capture my attention because they are certainly extraordinary looking. One might say that they are 50 parts grotesque and 50 parts adorable. While it's true that I always stop and stare at photos or videos of tardigrades, I actually know very little about them. This morning, a friend shared a link to a story about 3D-printed tardigrades . This inspired me to go on a quest for more information about the real thing, and here are some interesting facts I discovered: Tardigrades...      Read more...
  • National Wildlife Week is the National Wildlife Federation's longest-running education program designed around teaching and connecting kids to the awesome wonders of wildlife. I'd like to mark it this year by sharing the review of a very special book on wildlife featured in our February/March issue. Traer Scott's exquisite Nocturne: Creatures of the Night contains 42 portraits of nocturnal animals. These are classic studio-type portraits and not the kind of wildlife photography we are accustomed to seeing. Instead, the animals are shown against a black background that emphasizes their magnificence and beauty, compelling us to look at them in a fresh way. Nocturne: Creatures of the...      Read more...