Articles by Natasha Strydhorst

Natasha Strydhorst

Natasha Strydhorst is the Chimes Science and Technology editor for the 2014-15 school year. She is a junior Writing and Environmental Studies major from Calgary, Alberta (Canada). She enjoys reading, writing, the great outdoors, and virtually any combination thereof.

Photos by Juan Guayasamin and Lucas Bustamante, respectively, courtesy of the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.
Texture-morphing frog discovered in Ecuador

In a paper published in late March, researchers identified a new frog species along with a new way of considering verteb...

Photo by H. Alexander Talbot (CC BY 2.0).
Lobster antennules inspiring robotic ‘noses’

Robotic “noses” modeled after a lobster’s sensory antennules may be the next tool for detecting explosives and oil...

Photo by Vladimir Pushkarev, Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration
Mysterious craters appear in Siberia

Siberia has recently played host to dozens of mysterious craters, the first of which appeared last July. At the time, it...

Photo by NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio
Saharan dust spurs Amazonian growth

New images from NASA indicate that the Amazon rainforest is not as self-sufficient as many believe. It turns out that th...

Photo by Robert Hershler & Hsiu-Ping Liu (CC-BY 3.0).
Limpet teeth are the strongest known biological material

Scientists have recently identified Earth’s new strongest known material: limpet teeth. Stronger than Kevlar, and surp...

Photo by FlexForm Technologies
The oceans are growing — by 8 tons (of plastic) each year

Last year, according to National Geographic, the amount of garbage in the global oceans was estimated to be 245,000 tons...

Photo by Wikimedia Commons user தகவலுழவன் (Tamilnadu) (CC-BY 3.0)
Termite mounds: a grasslands climate change buffer

Once universally considered pests, termites are now revealed to be diminutive ecosystem engineers. A study published in ...

Photo courtesy Andrew Jo
Calvin represented at IEEE leadership conference

This past weekend, eight students represented Calvin College at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (I...

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Opinion: Geographic literacy merits greater attention in American education system

Ignorance may be bliss, but it comes at a steep price. I have met people who thought Africa was a country. I have met a ...

Photo courtesy Brian Zarate
New frog species discovered in New York

The discovery of a new species of frog was confirmed last week in New York City. The urban leopard frog, Rana kauffeldi,...