Medicines from Sponges

We have so many drugs to help with our aches and pains and illnesses. Where did those drugs come from? Until recently, most of our early drugs were derived from plants. When scientists search for possible useful products from plants, animals and microorganisms it’s called bioprospecting. In recent decades, marine scientists have been looking at natural compounds from the immense diversity of marine animals as a source of potential new medicines.





By Nancy Burnett and Natasha Fraley

Talk About Adaptation!

When the Going Gets Tough, (Science) Teachers Get GOING!

I marvel at science teachers on any given day, but their adaptability when COVID 19 first struck - spinning us into the multilayered spiral of anxiety-  has me gobsmacked.  




By Denise Ryan 

Midway Memories

Imagine being half way across the Pacific ocean on a tiny island with two million birds. That’s what I did in February just before the world locked down and the atoll closed to visitors. We were so lucky to have the chance to visit this amazing place. It was a chance in a life time for me,  and what a memory I now have as I sequester at home!

By Nancy Burnett, Founder of Shape of Life

Buzzed on Bees

I’ve been hanging out with my honeybees a lot lately. There are many reasons for this, including:

  • Hives are swarming like gangbusters in our neighborhood. Due to our magnificent spring season  hives have expanded beyond their ‘crib’ and need more room for new queens, brood and  food (pollen). (By the way, don’t freak out when you see honeybees swarm).
  • I’ve been beekeeping for almost nine years and remain a novice about beekeeping and these incredible creatures. I never tire of watching them. Each of my three hives have their own personality.
  • Spring is the busiest time of year for beekeepers. It’s especially important we keep their hives healthy and safe to sustain a fruitful summer and comfortable fall and winter.

By Denise Ryan