Departures
by Lena Moses-Schmitt

  If we are quiet, we are reminded that it is not us but the world that makes its own electricity.    Before the flight takes off, the young boy next to me pulls from the mouth of his red canvas backp... Read More...

Three Poems
by Lynn Rigney Schott

 The Orchardist Considers the View  Divide a day like an apple—seeds, skin,sweetness, denials and opportunities—and what have you got? Pieces, hunger, diversity?It never puts itself together or falls apart... Read More...

Four Poems
by Eamon Grennan

 Click button above to play audio for this poem, or click here to download the poem in .mp3 format.  Cricket Trees Thunder   What the cricket is saying with its high-pitched fire-alarm cheep             ... Read More...

Will the World End on December 21st?

By U.S. Geological Survey Based on interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar, some people are predicting the world will end on December 21, 2012. Others believe that instead of doomsday and destruction, the day will mark a new era for humanity and will be a time for celebration. Such beliefs aside, what we know with certainty is that Earth has a tremendous capacity to generate natural disasters on any day of any year. For this reason, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists continue to look for ways to better forecast a wide range of natural hazards and protect our communities. Let’s take a closer look at the state of the science — what we know and what we don’t know — about our ability to forecast natural disasters.