%0 Web Page %D 2017 %T COMSCICON PNW %A Amy Brodbeck %X
A couple of weekends ago, I held signs with these words to provide feedback for my peers as they practiced their one-minute ‘elevator’ speeches about their research. As one of forty graduate students who participated in the two-day science communication conference called ComSciCon PNW, I left feeling truly empowered to increase the role of science in public discourse.
%B University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs News %G eng %U https://smea.uw.edu/about/news/2017/04/10/comscicon-pnw/ %0 Web Page %D 2017 %T Mice as Conservationists? %A Megan Serr %X
A naturally occurring gene in house mice may help eliminate their invasive cousins that live on islands.%B Scientific American Guest Blog %G eng %U https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/mice-as-conservationists/ %0 Magazine Article %D 2016 %T Drawing on the Past: Ancient Cephalopods Produced Ink Similar to That of Their Modern Relatives %A Margaret Jones %B Natural History Magazine %P 16 %8 Nov 2016 %G eng %0 Web Page %D 2016 %T The Motion of the Ocean: Sex in the Sea and the Fascinating Life of Ocean Babies %A Erin Satterthwaite %B Hippo Reads %G eng %U http://read.hipporeads.com/the-motion-of-the-ocean-sex-in-the-sea-and-the-fascinating-life-of-ocean-babies/ %0 Web Page %D 2016 %T What is it about this soil that protects plants from devastating disease? %A Kayleigh O'Keeffe %X
Figuring out why certain soils keep plant parasites at bay could be a boon for agriculture around the globe%B Ensia Magazine %G eng %U http://ensia.com/articles/soil-protects-plants-devastating-disease/ %0 Web Page %D 2016 %T Circadian misalignment: the common problem you never knew you had %A Aggie Mika %X
How will I die?
This is a question most of us have thought about. Have you ever wondered what is it about our bodies that “makes us die”? What is it in our bodies that tells our cells “that’s it folks”? Is it something that happens over time or is it just as simple as flipping a switch?%B Nature Blogs: SciBytes %G eng %U http://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/scibytes/dna_damage_causing_aging_or %0 Web Page %D 2016 %T Getting to the bottom of TB transmission %A Kellie Vinal %X
A surprising new finding was released recently that reports an entirely novel route of transmission for a well-known global health threat: tuberculosis (TB). As is often the case with scientific research, a line of seemingly straightforward inquiry yielded an unexpected discovery – in this case, researchers have identified a link between TB transmission and anal secretions of mongooses. Yep, you heard it here first.%B Biodetectives %G eng %U http://biodetectives.co.uk/guest-post/getting-to-the-bottom-of-tb-transmission/ %0 Web Page %D 2016 %T Why Freshwater Fish Are Awesome %A William Chen %X
Think of your favorite animal. Perhaps Harry Potter’s snowy owl comes to mind. Or, maybe the lion, king of the jungle? If we were to take our thought experiment under water, you might think of the massive whale shark, or the majestic sea turtle. Perhaps not. But I bet I can guess what wouldn’t come to mind. Freshwater fish rarely, if ever, have the celebrity status of these other animals. Yet, they can be just as fascinating.%B Nautilus Magazine %G eng %U http://nautil.us/blog/why-freshwater-fish-are-awesome %0 Magazine Article %D 2016 %T Mayo Researcher Contributes to Immune System Collaboration %A Alex Generous %X
Mayo Clinic, along with researchers at Harvard University, Temple University, Tufts University, and Boston Children’s Hospital are collaborating on a project to discover new therapeutic responses to infection.%B Discovery's Edge (Mayo Clinic's Research Magazine) %G eng %U http://discoverysedge.mayo.edu/2016/07/01/mayo-researcher-hu-li-contributes-to-immune-system-tolerance-collaboration/ %0 Audiovisual Material %D 2016 %T The Neuroscience of Language %A Alie Caldwell %X
Let’s use our words to talk about words - how does our brain process language? Join us this week as Alie dives into some of what we know about the neuroscience of language, and some of what we don’t know, too!%B Neuro Transmissions YouTube Channel %G eng %U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev_oKHWT_qk&feature=youtu.be %0 Web Page %D 2016 %T Why Don't Bats Get Ebola? Bats Get Ebola? %A Anna Fagre %X
They're infected with the virus, but it causes them no harm—and the same goes for more than 60 other pathogens they transmit to humans, often with lethal effect%B Scientific American Guest Blog %G eng %U http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/why-don-t-bats-get-ebola/ %0 Audiovisual Material %D 2016 %T Why Oreos are NOT as addictive as cocaine %A Christina Lebonville %X
You may have heard the news that you should be seriously worried about eating Oreos...because, they're as addictive as cocaine. In this video, I try to show you what the study that inspired the news did and what is reasonable to conclude from the data.%B YouTube %G eng %0 Web Page %D 2016 %T It's Time for Scientists to Stop Explaining So Much %A Amanda Freise %X
Research shows that more facts don't necessarily lead to changed minds, but my colleagues have a hard time accepting it%B Scientific American Guest Blog %G eng %U http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/it-s-time-for-scientists-to-stop-explaining-so-much/ %0 Web Page %D 2016 %T Failure in Science Is Frequent and Inevitable--and We Should Talk More about It %A Maryam Zaringhalam %X
Science has an inside secret: we fail all the time.%B Scientific American Guest Blog %G eng %U http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/failure-in-science-is-frequent-and-inevitable-and-we-should-talk-more-about-it/ %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Do metaphors make learning a piece of cake? %A Rose Hendricks %X
At first glance, metaphor and science might seem to inhabit opposite ends of the things-we-learn-in-school continuum. We usually learn about metaphor through lessons on works like Langston Hughes’s Life ain’t been no crystal stair, and we associate science with topics like crystallization, the process of transferring a liquid to a solid. But metaphor is a mischief that doesn’t like to stay confined to the language arts classroom. It lurks in political discourse (the wealth gap), in music (you ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog), and – you guessed it – in education.%B Learning and the Brain %G eng %U http://www.learningandthebrain.com/blog/metaphors-learning/ %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Blowing up biology %A Liz Droge-Young %X
To solve a problem, sometimes you need to consider the exact opposite of what you think you know. Take trying to see the minute details of biological units, such as neurons in the brain. Instead of attempting to improve magnification on such a small scale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineer Edward Boyden asked, why not increase the size of the structure?%B CASW New Horizons in Science %G eng %U http://casw.org/newsroom-2015/article/blowing-biology %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Computer science shedding new light on black holes %A Grace Lindsay %X
When it comes to black holes, a change in perspective can make all the difference. Standing outside one of these massive objects in the universe, for instance, there's only darkness—the black hole's gravity is so strong that not even light escapes. But just inside the black hole, there may lie a blazing wall of fire, waiting to destroy whatever enters.%B CASW New Horizons in Science %G eng %U http://casw.org/newsroom-2015/article/computer-science-shedding-new-light-black-holes %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T An earthlike home... far, far away %A Christina Sauer %X
Imagine a planet where the surface temperature is so hot that rocks melt into lava—or another where two suns dip below the horizon at dusk. Settings for a science fiction plot? Not to Massachusetts Institute of Technology astrophysicist and planetary scientist Sara Seager.%B CASW New Horizons in Science %G eng %U http://casw.org/newsroom-2015/article/earthlike-home-far-far-away %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Guardians of the genome %A Steph Guerra %X
Evolution—the change in heritable traits over successive generations—has long served as one of the central tenets of biology. But new research indicates much can be gained from studying regions of the genome that donot change. Termed “ultraconserved elements” or UCEs, these portions of the genome have remained unchanged for 300 to 500 million years, appearing in the same state across multiple animal species—from humans to dinosaurs to platypuses.
Unlike the early explorers who sailed vast oceans to reach faraway shores, planetary scientist Sara Seager will never set foot on new lands she may discover. Her goal is to find habitable exoplanets, worlds that are not merely outside our solar system but many light-years away.%B CASW New Horizons in Science %G eng %U http://casw.org/newsroom-2015/article/hello-it-me-youre-looking-sara-seagers-quest-living-worlds-space %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Homelessness and aging: where 50 is the new 75 %A Ambika Kamath %X
Many Americans live one paycheck away from street homelessness, and those most at risk may be older, according to new research presented at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Oct. 11 by Margot Kushel, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
How do you make the outer space equivalent of a golf putt from New York City to a soup can in Los Angeles? For Alan Stern, it takes 11 years of lobbying, four years of planning and building, nine-plus years in transit, and roughly $700 million.%B CASW New Horizons in Science %G eng %U http://casw.org/newsroom-2015/article/last-first-exploration-solar-system-kuiper-belt %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Light-driven controls could illuminate the circuitry of the brain %A Anahita Zare %X
"Brain control" brings to mind an image of evil scientists hidden away in a dark lab preparing an army of zombies to do their bidding. In reality, Edward Boyden, associate professor of biological engineering and brain and cognitive sciences and head of the Synthetic Neurobiology Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, hopes that controlling a mouse brain can reveal its biological circuitry.%B CASW New Horizons in Science %G eng %U http://casw.org/newsroom-2015/article/light-driven-controls-could-illuminate-circuitry-brain %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Mapping the Earth’s microbiomes: federal agencies join forces to explore the microbial world %A Cora Best %X
Microbes are organisms that are invisible to the naked eye. They surround us but usually go unnoticed. Now the federal government has a new focus on microbes, said Jo Handelsman, associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, speaking Oct. 11 during CASW's New Horizons in Science program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. More than 10 federal agencies and departments recently joined forces to share data and draft a coordinated plan to map the Earth’s microbiomes, the collections of microbes that live in particular habitats such as in the ocean or on your skin.%B CASW New Horizons in Science %G eng %U http://casw.org/newsroom-2015/article/mapping-earth%E2%80%99s-microbiomes-federal-agencies-join-forces-explore-microbial %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T The mighty microbes: White House initiative recognizes the huge impact of tiny bugs %A Jeff Bessen %X
The federal government has assembled a fast-track committee to encourage research into microorganisms, reflecting their increasingly important role in human health and the Earth’s climate.
For Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Penny Chisholm, the most exciting apps will not download to your phone. Only bacteria can run them.
A mysterious discovery has stumped scientists who study genetics at the cellular level for over a decade. Our genome, or collection of genes, has undergone many evolutionary changes since humankind first emerged millions of years ago, including parts of it that play a critical role in development and survival. Yet hundreds of small segments of our DNA have remained virtually unchanged not only among human beings, but across many other animal species whose lineages diverged before the time of the dinosaurs.%B CASW New Horizons in Science %G eng %U http://casw.org/newsroom-2015/article/solving-biological-puzzle-why-some-genes-never-change %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Tiny is the new huge: microthrusters for miniature satellites %A Casey Gilman %X
The new big thing in space is small—cubesats. A miniature satellite or cubesat is a box a few inches on a side, around a liter in volume and weighing about as much as a medium-sized pumpkin. Cubesats have been on the space scene for about 15 years, with hundreds launched, but many still regard them as little more than toys.%B CASW New Horizons in Science %G eng %U http://casw.org/newsroom-2015/article/tiny-new-huge-microthrusters-miniature-satellites %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T To Pluto and beyond: a journey to the outer reaches of the solar system %A Sanjay Yengul %X
On Jan. 19, 2006, a powerful Atlas V rocket thundered off from Florida carrying NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. It got relatively little public attention. But its acceleration was singularly brutal: the destination of its payload was Pluto, over 3 billion miles away. The nuclear-powered New Horizons craft, carrying a mere 1,000 pounds of instruments, went on to set NASA interplanetary speed records the whole way.%B CASW New Horizons in Science %G eng %U http://casw.org/newsroom-2015/article/pluto-and-beyond-journey-outer-reaches-solar-system %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T With the population on the streets aging, homelessness mimics a chronic disease %A Carla Bezold %X
Homelessness is like other chronic medical problems: in need of a cure. That realization came to Margot Kushel as she was working as a resident physician at San Francisco General Hospital in the 1990s, and it has shaped her work ever since. More than a third of the patients in the inpatient wards were homeless, seeking medical care for issues that were often exacerbated by life on the streets. The patients rotating in and out of the hospital faced complex health problems. They had just one thing on their side: youth.%B CASW New Horizons in Science %G eng %U http://casw.org/newsroom-2015/article/population-streets-aging-homelessness-mimics-chronic-disease %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Chew On This: A Story For Your Ears Only, Part 1 %A Daniel Urban %B Blog of the National Center for Science Education %G eng %U http://ncse.com/blog/2015/09/chew-this-story-your-ears-only-part-1-0016638 %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Chew On This: A Story For Your Ears Only, Part 2 %A Daniel Urban %B Blog of the National Center for Science Education %G eng %U http://ncse.com/blog/2015/09/chew-this-story-your-ears-only-part-2-0016639 %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Listening to our universe with gravitational waves %A Béatrice Bonga %B Nature SciLogs %G eng %U http://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/conferencecast/listening_to_our_universe_with %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Does Madison’s land-use past overshadow our present-day choices? %A Carly Ziter %B Yahara in situ, the blog of the Water Sustainability and Climate project at UW-Madison %G eng %U https://yaharawsc.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/does-madisons-land-use-past-overshadow-our-present-day-choices/ %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Lung Reduction Surgery Conducted in India for the First Time on Scleroderma Patient %A Maureen Newman %B Scleroderma News Today %G eng %U http://sclerodermanews.com/2015/06/03/lung-reduction-surgery-conducted-india-first-time-scleroderma-patient/ %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Graduate Students Learn to Tell Science-y Stories at ComSciCon Events %A Sheena Faherty %B Nature SciLogs %G eng %U http://www.scilogs.com/guest_blog/graduate-students-learn-to-tell-science-y-stories-at-comscicon-events/ %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Seasonal Precipitation: Doubts about Droughts %A Michael Angus %B Nature SciLogs %G eng %U http://www.scilogs.com/guest_blog/seasonal-precipitation-doubts-about-droughts/ %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T When Learning is Infectious – A Placebo Effect Beyond Belief %A Christina Lebonville %B Nature SciLogs %G eng %U http://www.scilogs.com/guest_blog/when-learning-is-infectious-a-placebo-effect-beyond-belief/ %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T The Long Road from Coley Toxins to Cancer Immunotherapies %A Lee Hong %B Scientific American Guest Blog %G eng %U http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/the-long-road-from-coley-toxins-to-cancer-immunotherapies/ %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T Alzheimer's Disease: A Tale of Two Proteins %A Anahita Zare %X
Intro from published article: ComSciCon is a workshop series organized by graduate students, for graduate students, focused on science communication skills. This is the first in a series of posts which showcases talent from the ComSciCon 2015, the national meeting in Cambridge, MA. You can find more details about the meeting here. We hope this can give an example of actual output that can come from conferences, the subject of upcoming blogposts. This piece is by Anahita Zare, a PhD candidate in chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia.%B SciTable guest blog at Nature.com %G eng %U http://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/conferencecast/alzheimers_a_tale_of_two %0 Magazine Article %D 2015 %T The Interleaving Effect: Mixing it up Boosts Learning %A Steven Pan %X
Studying related skills or concepts in parallel is a surprisingly effective way to train your brain%B Scientific American Mind %G eng %U http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-interleaving-effect-mixing-it-up-boosts-learning/ %0 Magazine Article %D 2015 %T Living in the Deep %A Ankita Shastri %B Natural History Magazine %G eng %0 Magazine Article %D 2015 %T Predicting the Next Natural Disaster %A Maria Furtney %B Natural History Magazine %G eng %0 Web Page %D 2015 %T What is a Genome Anyways? %A Molly Gasperini %B SciTable guest blog at Nature.com %G eng %U http://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/conferencecast/what_is_a_genome_anyways %0 Web Page %D 2014 %T Google Street View shows that gentrification in Chicago has largely bypassed poor minority neighborhoods, reinforcing urban inequality. %A Jackelyn Hwang %B Blog of the London School of Economics and Political Science, American Politics and Policy %G eng %U http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2014/07/09/google-street-view-shows-that-gentrification-in-chicago-has-largely-bypassed-poor-minority-neighborhoods-reinforcing-urban-inequality/ %0 Magazine Article %D 2014 %T
Food for thought: Could ants be meat-farming%A Casey Gilman %B Natural History Magazine %G eng %0 Web Page %D 2014 %T
The Relaunch of an Ocean Workhorse%A Heather Olins %B American Scientist %G eng %U http://www.americanscientist.org/science/pub/the-relaunch-of-an-ocean-workhorse %0 Web Page %D 2014 %T
7 Science-Backed Numbers to Improve Your Life%A Jaan Altosaar %B Fit Bit Blog %G eng %U http://blog.fitbit.com/7-science-backed-numbers-to-improve-your-life/ %0 Web Page %D 2014 %T
Science, a Cause Worth Fightin' For%A Pinar Gurel %G eng %U http://www.ascb.org/ascbpost/index.php/compass-points/item/344-science-a-cause-worth-fightin-for %0 Web Page %D 2014 %T
Why Save the Sky?%A Morgan Rehnberg %B Astrobites %G eng %U http://astrobites.org/2014/10/29/why-save-the-sky/ %0 Web Page %D 2014 %T
9/11 Museum Helps Us Remember What We Can Never Forget%A Rosa Li %B Scientific American %G eng %U http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2014/09/11/911-museum-helps-us-remember-what-we-can-never-forget/ %0 Magazine Article %D 2014 %T From Reef to Tank: Harvesting Wild Reef Fish for The Aquarium Trade %A Amy McDermott %B Natural History Magazine %G eng %0 Magazine Article %D 2014 %T How Gametes Came To Be %A Kristin Hook %B Natural History Magazine %G eng %0 Magazine Article %D 2014 %T Scaling the Universe: Powers of Ten and the Magic of Scale %A Reggie Bain %B Natural History Magazine %G eng %0 Magazine Article %D 2014 %T Sea Change: Marine Revelations: Through a Microscope’s Lens %A Kelsey Ellis %B Natural History Magazine %G eng %0 Web Page %D 2014 %T
A Tale of Two Lizards: How Behavior Can Buffer Against Climate Change%A Katie Boronow %B Harvard Colloquy Magazine %G eng %U http://www.gsas.harvard.edu/images/stories/pdfs/colloquy_spring14.pdf %N Spring 2014 %0 Web Page %D 2014 %T
An Analytic Approach to Risk and Intervention%A Florence Yong %B Harvard Colloquy Magazine %G eng %U http://www.gsas.harvard.edu/images/stories/pdfs/colloquy_spring14.pdf %N Spring 2014 %0 Web Page %D 2014 %T
The Neuroscience Society%A Grigori Guitchounts %B Harvard Colloquy Magazine %G eng %U http://www.gsas.harvard.edu/images/stories/pdfs/colloquy_spring14.pdf %N Spring 2014 %0 Web Page %D 2014 %T
The Story Behind the Story of Life%A Holly Elmore %B Harvard Colloquy Magazine %V Spring 2014 %G eng %U http://www.gsas.harvard.edu/images/stories/pdfs/colloquy_spring14.pdf %N Spring 2014 %0 Web Page %D 2014 %T The Most Dangerous Mushroom %A Catharine Adams %B Slate %G eng %U http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2014/02/most_dangerous_mushroom_death_cap_is_spreading_but_poisoning_can_be_treated.html %0 Web Page %D 2014 %T ComSciCon and Magnetic Fields %A Lauren Woolsey %X The Sun is surrounded by a network of invisible magnetic forces that help to form dangerous storms in space. However, the Sun appears inactive in the sky, just as a bar magnet sitting on a table seems inert. We can map out the magnetic field around a bar magnet by simply scattering iron filings around it and watch as they line up in a pattern of lines that trace the hidden forces at work. This experiment is easy enough to do at home, but how can we learn about fields on grander scales? %B Solar Flair %G eng %U http://lnwoolsey.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/comscicon-and-magnetic-fields/ %0 Web Page %D 2013 %T Quantum Computing Disentangled: A Look behind the D-Wave Buzz %A Jesse Dunietz %B Scientific American Guest Blog %G eng %U http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/quantum-computing-disentangled-a-look-behind-the-d-wave-buzz/ %0 Journal Article %J Astronomy Magazine Blog %D 2013 %T Bringing distance education to the lab %A Meredith Rawls %B Astronomy Magazine Blog %8 July %G eng %U http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/b/astronomy/archive/2013/07/22/comscicon-guest-blog-bringing-distance-education-to-the-lab.aspx %0 Journal Article %J Natural History Magazine %D 2013 %T The Case of the Stranded Salamaner: Can a Small, Slimy Mascot Soften The South's Climate Qualms? %A Clare Fieseler %B Natural History Magazine %P 25-27 %8 July/August %G eng %U http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/ %0 Journal Article %J Natural History Magazine %D 2013 %T Climate Codes: Learning from Past Experience %A Alice Alpert %B Natural History Magazine %P 17-18 %8 July/August %G eng %U http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/ %0 Journal Article %J Nature ConferenceCast Blog %D 2013 %T Communicating Science 2013 (ComSciCon13) %A Katie McGill %B Nature ConferenceCast Blog %8 August %G eng %U http://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/conferencecast/communicating_science_2013_comscicon13 %0 Journal Article %J Natural History Magazine %D 2013 %T Ground Truths: Think Twice Before Stepping Off the Beaten Path %A Anny Chung %B Natural History Magazine %P 19-20 %8 July/August %G eng %U http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/ %0 Journal Article %J Scientific American Guest Blog %D 2013 %T “I Don’t Know If I’m a Scientist”: The Problem with Archetypes %A Grace Lindsay %B Scientific American Guest Blog %8 July %G eng %U http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2013/07/10/i-dont-know-if-im-a-scientist-the-problem-with-archetypes/ %0 Journal Article %J The Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Science Bulletin %D 2013 %T Marshaling our Superpowers: Scientists Must Find Their Voice in Debates Over Funding Cuts to Basic Research %A Breanna Binder %B The Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Science Bulletin %8 October %G eng %U http://www.gsas.harvard.edu/images/stories/pdfs/bulletin_oct13.pdf %0 Journal Article %J Scientific American Guest Blog %D 2013 %T New Supreme Court Decision Rules That cDNA Is Patentable—What It Means for Research and Genetic Testing %A Megan Krench %B Scientific American Guest Blog %8 July %G eng %U http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2013/07/09/new-supreme-court-decision-rules-that-cdna-is-patentablewhat-it-means-for-research-and-genetic-testing/ %0 Journal Article %J Natural History Magazine %D 2013 %T Speed Dating: Can Geologists Predict How Fast Climate Can Change? %A Noelle J. Van Ee %B Natural History Magazine %P 22-24 %8 July/August %G eng %U http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/ %0 Journal Article %J Scientific American Guest Blog %D 2013 %T Tigers in the Desert: The Mysteries of Vegetation Patterns %A Karna Gowda %B Scientific American Guest Blog %8 July %G eng %U http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2013/07/18/tigers-in-the-desert-the-mysteries-of-vegetation-patterns