Science

St. Petersburg played host to a regional offshoot of the March for Science on Saturday morning. 

Images: March for Science

A march designed to defend the role science plays in "our health, safety, economies, and governments" is taking place Saturday—Earth Day—in Washington, D.C., and like related marches in recent months, the Science March is being supported by thousands of satellite marches across the nation, including several in South Florida.

As the rainy season returns to South Florida and the fight against Zika gears up, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District Tuesday began a first-in-Florida trial of a control method that uses bacteria to reduce mosquito populations.

The district will release 20,000 male mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria twice a week for the next 12 weeks. The releases will take place in a 10-acre test site on Stock Island,  and mosquito traps there will be compared with a similar-sized control area nearby (but separated by a buffer).

Photo: Robo Rays, used with permission.

The Robo Rays are a STEM-focused robotics team at Seacrest Country Day School who took first at the Orlando regional competition and are bringing their robot-building skills and teamwork this week to the World Championship competition in Texas

The Galapagos Islands represent one of the world’s pinnacles of natural diversity as well as scientific discovery. It is the place that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, and has since become one of the last unspoiled ecosystems on earth. A new book traces the the journey of the scientists who spent a year in the Galapagos collecting specimens that bolstered Darwin's ideas.

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