Once a week I listen to a podcast or two from On Point from WBUR . Recently a surprise... friend Greg Blonder was featured as a barbecue expert along with his collaborator 'Meathead' Goldwyn. Greg really is an expert - he's dived into grilling and other types of cooking wearing the hat of an experimentalist. The show is a bit forced given time constraints, but if you do meat (I don't), you'll find some good tips. At the end there is a bit on vegetables and some of the tips are appropriate for veggies too..
As a teen Tim Doucette underwent an operation that removed the lenses from his eyes and widened the pupils to deal with congenital cataracts. His daytime vision is still very poor, but night is special. A report from CBC - most of it is in the audio interview.
As the authors note in their introduction, natural-history courses have often opened the eyes of students on other trajectories to the mysteries and richness of the natural world and redirected them into careers in a host of environmental sciences. Such immersive, detailed study of the natural world has also informed the higher-level theories of a long list of eminent biologists, not least Darwin, Wallace, Carson and Wilson. As I’ve written, many scientists have long lamented the drop in support by universities for natural history in all its forms. Meanwhile, kids are herded inside or into fenced, sterile backyards by helicopter parents loath to let them wander unsupervised in nature. Or they're stuck in urban natural history deserts without easy access to woods or meadows where they can acquire a passion for and skills in natural history on their own.
Without a deep understanding of the natural world built on both formal natural history instruction and hours spent outside, will we lose the penetrating insights generated by scientists brought up with such training, these authors ask?