Geothermal: The Heat Beneath Our Feet

Geothermal energy, a technology that takes advantage of the Earth’s ability to supply and transfer heat, is quickly infiltrating the public consciousness. There are, however, some key questions that those who are not familiar with the technology may have about how it works. The word “geothermal” actually refers to two completely different technologies—one for heating…

Local Beekeeper Mike McAvoy

  Story and Photos by Alexandria Polanosky, Multimedia Editor   Mike McAvoy, an Athens resident and Professional Engineer, has an interesting side job: he is an avid beekeeper who maintains five different hives on his property. McAvoy is from Atlanta, Georgia where he grew up on a dairy farm and was first exposed to the…

Bird’s the word: The evolution of vocal learning

By Kelly Fisher If someone calls you a “bird brain,” count yourself praised, not insulted. Neurobiologist Erich Jarvis can tell you just why this is so. For instance, why are parrots able to say “Polly want a cracker” with ease? But a supposedly smarter chimp cannot? “The ability for vocal imitation (in birds), you can’t…