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Riled Up is a journal of science, the environment, exploration, new technology, and related commentary.  Contributors include scientists, explorers, engineers, and others who provide perspectives and context not typically offered in general news circulation.  For interested readers, additional resources are included.

The Conservation Alliance

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Fantastic fungi

Fungi are fascinating, tasty, and critically important. Once considered part of the plant kingdom, they are now classified in their own biological domain, the fungi, separate from plants, animals, and bacteria. A major difference is that fungi have cell walls-- like plants --but contain chitin-- like mollusks --unlike plant cell walls which contain cellulose. Without the fungal symbiosis with plants called a mychorrhiza, Life on Earth would not have evolved. This fungal-root ...
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'The Way of Natural History,' a perspective

In the 1950s when I was a kid in LA I had a buddy who would race his bike around terrorizing the neighborhood with me. With excess of energy and curiosity, we saved major attention for explorations of some vacant fields of weeds, wildflowers, and random junk with vistas of the Pacific Ocean. We grew up watching this undeveloped land convert into tidy suburbs and shopping centers. And, even then, I thought this seemed a poor substitute for the wild place he and I loved exploring together. My ...
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George Perkins March (1801-1882)

Like most people, I thought environmental concerns emerged from the writings of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Rachel Carson. I guess I may have been wrong. In 1847, a US congressman, George Perkins March made speeches that spoke to our modern concerns about climate change and destruction of natural resources and their myriad ecosystem services. March may have even been the "spark" that convinced President Abraham Lincoln to set aside Yellowstone, the first national park in the ...


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