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James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - Sweden is encouraging Hittaut (recreational nature hiking) with the added encouragement of exploring places to find specific checkpoints along the hike.1 With the coming of spring, for 10 years now Hittaut (hitta-ut = Swedish for ‘Find...

/article/micro-plastic-wastes-european-dippers-genesis
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - European dippers are making the news lately, including science news in Wales.1-3 These riparian habitat birds are indicators4 of freshwater stream quality, as noted below. Scientists study them to learn how badly freshwater streams are...

/article/oysters-and-opportunities
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - Under ideal circumstances, we can do a lot of good. But when circumstances handicap or restrict our potential—in ways we cannot circumvent—we just do the best that we can. That principle is true for humans as well as in the...

/article/dumbo-octopus-god-wonder-in-the-deepest-deep
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - About 3,000 years ago, the Bible taught that the “wonders in the deep” are the “works of the Lord.”1 Now that truth has been illustrated with even greater depth by the documented sighting of a super-deep-sea...

/article/cuckoo-completes-mammoth-7500-mile-migration
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - One particular common cuckoo will soon complete a mammoth migration through both Africa and Asia—a migration that is anything but common. Onon is “one of five Cuckoos that were satellite tagged in Mongolia last summer.” He will...

/article/norwegians-find-viking-grave-under-house-floor
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - In America we have the idiomatic expression “skeletons in the closet,” but what about finding a 1,000-year-old Viking grave, literally buried under the house that you live in? That’s what a Norwegian couple recently experienced,...

/article/hungry-bumblebees-hurry-pollen-production
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - May and June are abuzz with busy bees, really clever bumblebees.1,2 And their practical cleverness continues to astonish researchers, as a recently published study in the journal Science illustrates.3,4 Bees have been delighting creationists for...

/article/the-bird-that-walks-and-flies-under-water
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - The official bird of Norway is Cinclus cinclus, the white-throated dipper, an ordinary-looking bird that behaves in very extraordinary ways.1 It’s designed to forage under water, but not like a dabbling duck. Rather, this bird dips, flies,...

/article/maple-syrup-gold-nanoparticles-and-gratitude
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - It’s springtime in New England—an important season for maple syrup production. The maple syrup season is short, only lasting between four and six weeks. The flavor of syrup can change depending on when it is gathered during that...

/article/lone-scotland-tree-survived-deadly-elm-disease
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - One lone elm tree survived a deadly “elm disease.” Nicknamed “Ent Tree” (alluding to arboreal heroes in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings), this elm won Scotland’s “Tree of the Year” status...

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