Rachel Kaufman

Hagfish Slime Could Be Eco-Friendly Fabric

By Rachel Kaufman Many people are disgusted by the hagfish. These squirmy, eel-looking creatures are known primarily for two repellent traits: eating dying animals from the inside out, and oozing four cups of slime in a fraction of a second. ...

The Scoop on Termite Poop: Five Cool Facts

By Rachel Kaufman As long as they’re in someone else’s house, termites are rather fascinating creatures. The social insects live in colonies, like bees or ants, and build large nests that can stretch 300 feet (91 meters) across. There are ...

The Scoop on Termite Poop: Five Cool Facts

By Rachel Kaufman As long as they’re in someone else’s house, termites are rather fascinating creatures. The social insects live in colonies, like bees or ants, and build large nests that can stretch 300 feet (91 meters) across. There are ...

The Scoop on Termite Poop: Five Cool Facts

By Rachel Kaufman As long as they’re in someone else’s house, termites are rather fascinating creatures. The social insects live in colonies, like bees or ants, and build large nests that can stretch 300 feet (91 meters) across. There are ...

GM Salmon Safe to Eat? Not so Fast, Critics Say

National Geographic Fellow Barton Seaver, a Washington, D.C.-based chef, writer, and ocean advocate talks to Green Guide about genetically engineered salmon. By Rachel Kaufman Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that genetically engineered salmon ...

Learning From Urban Farmer and Compost King Will Allen

Urban farming visionary Will Allen expands his services, growing even more healthy food in the concrete jungle. Two feet of compost, Allen says, is enough to turn asphalt into a cornfield. By Rachel Kaufman Grow, bloom, thrive: that’s Will ...

Can Oyster Eaters Save Oysters?

By Rachel Kaufman It seems totally counterintuitive. After all, the Chesapeake Bay is in a pickle right now because its oyster population, which once filtered impurities from the Bay at a rate of 50 gallons of water per oyster per day. ...

The Shark Scientist: Saving the Gulf, One Kid At a Time

By Rachel Kaufman It’s getting late, and the Shark Scientist is getting hungry. He’s been at the TEDxOilSpill conference for hours, reporting, interviewing, and learning, and he’s only eaten a handful of pretzels, despite the venue-provided sandwiches ...

Activists, Scientists Speak Out For The Gulf, With Humor

By Rachel Kaufman In Washington, D.C., for the TEDxOilSpill event, dozens of speakers are proposing solutions to the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. Many more are showing us what we have to lose, and it’s a ...

Ten Myths About The Deepwater Spill, Busted By Oceana

By Rachel Kaufman At TedXOilSpill, a daylong event in Washington, D.C. trying to find solutions to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless took the time to answer ten questions about oil and energy usually asked by “...

Hope will save the world–Jane Goodall

By Rachel Kaufman When Jane Goodall speaks, you get this feeling like you could quit your job and move to the jungle to save animals, and it wouldn’t be that crazy. No, when Jane speaks, you feel like you ...