When change seems “barley” tolerable, head outside
By Steve Hill
It’s been so cold lately that I’ve stayed inside more, nursing a tweaked knee and reading about important scientific findings I can use to convince myself to go back outside.
Some knowledge is harder to relate to outdoor recreation, such as the piece I read about Ocean Alliance researchers using drones to collect whale mucus. No kidding – they use what they lightheartedly call a “snot-bot” to fly over whales spouting on the surface, as it’s a non-invasive way to collect the expectorations of the great mammals in order to study their DNA.
I also ran across a surprising amount of research about camping’s positive impact on circadian clocks and human sleep patterns. This included pieces hypothesizing that as little as a week, or even just a weekend, of camping can improve our sleep by returning us to patterns closer to natural cycles of light and dark.
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