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Jamie Allen

Contributing Writer

Jamie Allen is an Atlanta-based writer and multimedia storyteller. His nonfiction, fiction and humor have been featured in The Oxford American, The Missouri Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Atlanta Magazine and others. He is the creator of the Squirrel Census.

Recent Contributions

Sugar Gliders Are Nature's Cutest Little Daredevils

These adorable marsupials look as sweet as their name. But what, exactly, are sugar gliders?

Hummingbirds: What to Feed Them and a Springtime Q&A

There's a lot of conversation around what we should be feeding our backyard hummingbird visitors, so we threw the question, along with others, to an expert.

What's That Smell? It's the Dreaded Bradford Pear

Its blooms are lovely. But to many, its smell and invasiveness are anything but.

Why Is Cashmere So Expensive?

Your favorite cashmere sweater is super-soft and luxurious. It probably cost you an arm and leg, too. Here's why.

Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys Share Nursing of Young

A group of researchers in Shennongjia National Nature Reserve discovered that these female monkeys are essentially happy to feed each other's offspring.

Flying Squirrels Glow Hot Pink in UV Light

Perhaps it's a mating signal. Or meant to confuse owls and other predators. Or maybe it's just for looks.

Bears Adjust to Repeated Drone Exposure, Study Finds

This could mean good news for conservation and anti-poaching efforts if other species follow suit.

Scientists Grow Human Blood Vessels in Lab

The groundbreaking innovation could mean major advances in treating people with diabetes and other vascular diseases.

5 Positive Environmental Stories From 2018

Believe it or not, despite all of the dire prognostications, there was some good news about the environment in 2018.

A 'Tree That Owns Itself' Grows in Athens, Georgia

A massive white oak in the hometown of the University of Georgia has many wondering whether a tree can even have legal rights — and about the future of the environmental and animal rights movements.

What a Tangled Web a Few Squirrels' Tails Can Weave

It's a natural phenomenon known as a 'squirrel king.' But what's the deal and why do squirrels get tangled up?

Don't Hate This Squirrel Because He's Beautiful

The Indian giant squirrel is covered in flamboyant colors like orange, black and bright purple. But why?

It's Gardening Season: 5 Tips to Keep Squirrels Out

Once you accept squirrels aren't going anywhere, you can apply a more creative approach to keeping the critters away from your prized tomatoes.

The Coffee Belt and Your Morning Joe

To begin to understand the Coffee Belt, you first have to know what makes for a tasty coffee bean.

California and Marijuana Tourism: What You Need to Know

On Jan. 1, 2018 it became legal for adults to partake in recreational marijuana in California. But there are still some restrictions.

LSD Is Making a Comeback in Very Small Doses

Is microdosing LSD just a silly fad or is it time to take a comprehensive look at its potential benefits?

What Are the Mysterious Marfa Lights?

Theories about the ghostly lights abound. Conclusions are harder to come by.

Want Just a Few Kids? Ask Mom to Move In

Mom or mother-in-law live with you and hubby? She might be interfering with your reproduction rate.

Protecting Tropical Forests Has Side Benefit: Slowing Climate Change

If you think climate change is bad now, two scientists estimate what it would be like without our protected forests.

Why It Feels So Good To Be Scared

It's already a scary world. Why do we seek to experience more fear?

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