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Pacific banana slug: secret origin of the slime-fountain of youth. Photo © Jitze Couperus,

Slugs and snails may provide the secret to perpetual youthfulness

Years ago, when commiserating about my squeamishness for slugs, Nature Boy speculated that these terrestrial molluscs might yet surprise us. “Perhaps scientists will discover remarkable youth-preserving compounds in the slime, and we’ll start eagerly smearing slugs on our faces.” You have no idea how sorry I am to report it Read more →

Bacillus subtillus, normal soil and human gut bacteria. Photo by Felix Tsao,

Developing gut feelings about our microbial collectives

­I had always thought my family was small, but it turns out a great deal more of us exist than I had been aware of. Thanks to recent advances in DNA sequencing, all kinds of family secrets have been coming to light lately. Mom, you can relax. I’m not going Read more →

Bald eagle. Photo by Brendan Lally,

The season to listen to birds’ conversations

Bald eagles could be the bird world’s version of heavyweight-boxer Mike Tyson. The eagle is a big bruiser of a bird. It bullies other birds, steals meals, and scavenges whenever it can. Yet, during mating season, incongruously thin, soprano sweet nuthin’s emerge from predator’s curving yellow beak. In addition to Read more →

Retirement home for those on the Freedom 95 Plan

Welcome to Freedom 95, the new early retirement

Living in Victoria, it’s hard to not know somebody living the life of retirement Reilly. Despite more and more younger people coming to the region, the local population remains, on average, older than that of most Canadian cities. When I moved here, back in the flush of youth, I suddenly Read more →

Spotted Owl, photo by USFWS Pacific

Owls all a-Twitter about B.C. Barred Owl cull to protect Spotted Owls

  We’ve known for years that British Columbia’s Northern Spotted Owl, known to the pointy-headed science crowd as Strix occidentalis, is in trouble. Provincial wildlife officials estimate that as few as 10 of the birds remain in B.C.’s forestlands, down from about 500 individuals a century ago. The owl’s dire Read more →

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