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Posts From Ellie Handler

Follow the Light: Bacteria in Motion

Follow the Light: Bacteria in Motion

The smooth green surface of a rock sits just below a pond’s surface. Its deceptively uniform green coating is teeming with life: algae, bacteria, and other microorganisms. They all depend on sunlight for energy and are constantly competing with each

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Going Green: Giant Icebergs Cause Phytoplankton Blooms

Going Green: Giant Icebergs Cause Phytoplankton Blooms

Despite their rarity, giant icebergs in the Southern Ocean significantly contribute to the reduction of atmospheric carbon by stimulating phytoplankton blooms.

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Iceland’s Volcanic Activity to Increase from Climate Change

Iceland’s Volcanic Activity to Increase from Climate Change

In Iceland, the legacies of volcanoes and glaciers are largely intertwined. As the planet suffers an increasingly climate, a rise in Iceland’s magma levels could spike volcanic activity.

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Exploring Pollution at its Core: Ice reveals pre-industrial atmospheric pollution in South America

Exploring Pollution at its Core: Ice reveals pre-industrial atmospheric pollution in South America

A team of researchers from Yale, Ohio State University, and the University of Copenhagen examined a Peruvian ice core for toxic trace metals, which indicate atmospheric conditions across many years. The scientists found, surprisingly, that Spanish colonial mining in South America caused significant atmospheric pollution prior to the Industrial Revolution.

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Q&A: What Causes Happy Tears?

Q&A: What Causes Happy Tears?

People have accepted tears of joy as commonplace for years, but Yale postdoctoral associate Oriana Aragón seeks to understand the science behind them.

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