Burn Zone

Burn Zone

  By Andy Sima Life abounds on Earth, from the boiling acid pools of Yellowstone to the pressure-cooked fish of the deep-sea Mariana Trench. But in my experience, there’s one type of place devoid of all life, one that humanity creates. Burn zones. Flowers still grow...
Silent Killer

Silent Killer

By Gwenna Heidkamp On a balmy summer day in early July, a few friends and I  rented kayaks and moseyed our way down the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River, enjoying Illinois’ only officially designated national scenic river. As hawks circled overhead, small fish...
Protecting Our Water: A Q&A with Joan Rose

Protecting Our Water: A Q&A with Joan Rose

 By Anneli Cers Public health microbiologist Joan Rose has spent her career tracking pathogens in water, from Escherichia coli to the COVID-19 virus. The 2016 recipient of the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize took an interest in microbiology early in her...