December 31, 2019

Year End Fire Watch

“Be careful with fire!” is the call heard throughout Tokyo neighborhoods on the last two evenings of the year.

December 30, 2019

Rain – the Missing Link

What catalyzes the production of rain?

December 27, 2019

The Recipe for Rain

Cloud water freezes at higher temperatures than pure water.

December 26, 2019

To Freeze or Not to Freeze

Rain starts with an ice crystal.

December 25, 2019


An ancient Anglo-Saxon tradition called “Wassail” lives on in Pennsylvania, where a group of friends celebrate this week by drinking to the health of apple trees.

December 24, 2019

Christmas Bonfires – Tradition

Along the banks of the Mississippi River, a line of Bonfires lights the way for Papa Noel.

December 23, 2019

Kwanzaa – Traditions

This week, millions of people around the world celebrate Kwanzaa, a relatively new holiday with roots in the ancient harvest festivals of Africa.

December 20, 2019

Tourists Meet Bees

In Mexico, a successful project brings together volunteers and local beekeepers.

December 19, 2019

Masquerade at Your Doorstep

Jonkonnu revelers sing and dance through neighborhoods, visiting homes where their pageantry might be favored with a gift of money.

December 18, 2019

From Jamaica to North Carolina

The festival of Jonkonnu is celebrated with influences from West Africa, England and the Caribbean.

December 17, 2019

A Social Safety Valve

A celebration designed to keep the fabric of society from tearing itself apart.

December 16, 2019

Reconstructing Jonkonnu

Celebrating freedom from slavery.

December 13, 2019

Making a Better Box

Rethinking what that gift you’re giving comes in.

December 12, 2019

Planes, Trains and Trucks

If you want to design effective packaging, you’d better know how it’ll stand up to being transported.

December 11, 2019


Lessons learned from the people of Tijuana.

December 10, 2019

Volunteer Tourism

It’s an important economic and cultural resource in many countries.

December 9, 2019

The Alarm Heard Round the World

Is there a universal language of alarm calls?

December 6, 2019

Early Warning System

Birds “mobbing calls” make it easy for all the animals in a locale to know when a predator is nearby.

December 2, 2019


Comrade, we get a whole lot of Levis this way!