How Plants Get Dirty
Somewhere in Australia, a Cryptostylis orchid is about to trick an unsuspecting wasp into getting down and dirty with it. Pseudocopulation, where a plant has evolved to resemble a certain insect in order to hoodwink others of the same species into having (pseudo)sex with it, is only one of the hundreds of techniques employed by plants to spread their pollen.
Book Drive Aims to Promote Youth Interest in Reading
Bookshop Santa Cruz is holding a book drive for local public schools for the third year in a row. Librarians from 10 different schools have submitted wish lists, and books meant for donation are sold at a twenty percent discount as Bookshop Santa Cruz until Dec. 31
Camp Kesem Reaches Out to Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem, a non-profit summer camp for kids with a parent who has cancer, has established a chapter at UCSC. Student volunteers for the organization hope to raise awareness and funds from the community with aspirations to help local kids.
Permanent Camp for the Houseless Proposed
High school teacher Stacy Falls and filmmaker Brent Adams are working together to create an alternative solution for houselessness in Santa Cruz. However, before they can establish their vision for a permanent campground for up to 50 houseless people, Adams and Falls must gain support from the community and its leaders.