The Future of the Wild Focus Project

Hi everyone. While I was writing last week’s post about the evolution and physics of bird flight, I came across a really interesting article about a team of engineers modeling a new plane off of albatrosses and their long distance flight abilities. This pulled me into the world of bioengineering, the idea of people using concepts from biology and nature to create useful objects. I was really keen to explore this topic in detail this week, with all kinds of cool examples like spider silk and geckos’ feet. That post, however, is going to have to wait. You see, life, uh… gets in the way.

As some of you may know, I have been offered an amazing job as a science writer with a company called KiwiCo - they do subscription boxes with science and engineering kits for kids of all ages. I’m really excited about it, but it’s a long and complicated road to get there. Over the next couple of months, I’m going to be extremely busy. I’ve been living in New Zealand for 3 years, and now I’m uprooting my entire life and moving to California. I’m also going on one last trip around NZ’s South Island, visiting some favorite places and reflecting on my time in this wonderful little country at the bottom of the world.

  On the road to Milford Sound, NZ

On the road to Milford Sound, NZ

All of this means that I will not be posting on the Wild Focus Project for a while. The Facebook page and the Twitter account will be quiet for the next couple months. I’ll probably still post on Instagram every once in a while though, so keep an eye on that! The website will still be active, so you’ll be able to access the stories and other permanent content as well as all the previous blog posts - I just won’t be here for a while.

Once I’m settled in California (probably starting sometime next February), I’m hoping that I’ll be able to run the Project and post regularly again. Posts almost certainly won’t be as frequent though - probably once a month or every two weeks if I’m lucky (depending on my workload from the new job). I’ll be sure to update you as I learn more.

In the meantime, thank you all for reading my stuff and visiting the Wild Focus Project! I hope you had a great 2018, and I wish you all the best for 2019. And happy holidays! See you later :)

-Emma-