Articles by Natasha Strydhorst

Natasha Strydhorst

Natasha Strydhorst is a Chimes Science and Technology writer, previously section editor, for the 2015-16 school year. She is a senior writing and environmental studies major from Calgary, Alberta (Canada). She enjoys reading, writing, the great outdoors, and virtually any combination thereof.

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Open ocean fish display impressive biological cloaking

Scientists and predators alike have long been confounded by ocean fish that seem to disappear from sight even in the ope...

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Earth’s average temperature increase has crossed one degree mark, study says

As the 2015 UN Climate Conference approaches, new studies indicate its necessity. Studies released last week indicated t...

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Study explores jumping spiders’ color perception

While a spider stalking across your ceiling may draw the eye, its colorfulness is not usually the reason. But the distin...

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Chameleon color achieved by embedded crystals

Chameleons have long been admired for their color-changing camouflage abilities, but it was a mystery — until earlier ...

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Synthetic skin picks up pressure sensations

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a synthetic skin-like device capable of picking up pressure sensations...

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Science division hosts research poster fair

Student researchers from nine science departments presented their summer research projects in DeVries Hall lobby on Oct...

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U.S. honeybees contend with mind-altering parasite

The nation’s already hard-hit honeybees are now contending with a parasitic behavior-altering insect. The tiny fly Apo...

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Transparent solar technology developed

An idea that has been over twenty years in the making could soon be hitting glass markets everywhere. Transparent films ...

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Coastal and Grand River Cleanups raise awareness

Last Saturday, West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) hosted the 12th annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup. ...

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ALS breakthrough attributed to viral “ice bucket challenge”

The lethal neuromuscular disease ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) made headlines last year...