If there is an unexpected benefit from our reduced mobility over the past year, it’s the expanded access to worldwide programs available online.  

The California Academy of Sciences One is offering such an example.  The academy has a series called NightLife NightSchool. Topics include an historical perspective about illustrating science.  Imagine learning how visual artists help to communicate complex and often unseeable concepts.  On another evening, there will be a presentation about extreme organisms, entitled Extreme Life.  Then, you will learn about unique thermophiles.  

If you miss an event that you would have liked to have seen, such as The Secret Life of Ferns, you can catch it on their YouTube channel.  Most of these sessions are available without cost.

Start here at this site:  https://www.calacademy.org/nightlife  and sort through the many options.

Another prestigious research institution, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, offers a free digital version of their Oceanus Magazine.  The publication provides accessible summaries of their latest research and its applications.   For example, one recent article discusses the human health benefits of the extensive biodiversity of the ocean.  Would you have guessed that red algae can kill dengue-infected mosquito larvae?  Or that a type of purple sponge has anti-cancer properties? 

Back issues are still fresh enough to be worth reading.   Consider the Spring 2019 edition with a look at the unusual creatures found within the darkest depths of the ocean.  Check out the Dragonfish and the Atolla Jelly!

You can begin reading the latest volume here:  https://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/

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