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Tracing Ancient Motion in Rocks

Tracing Ancient Motion in Rocks

Pangea is Earth’s most well-known and recent supercontinent. It began to break apart only around two hundred million years ago, but the history of Earth’s continental movement starts many more hundreds of millions of years ago. David Evans, director of

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Pests or Engineers?

Pests or Engineers?

How termites help mitigate the effects of rainforest drought When termites come up in everyday conversation, horror stories of tented houses and damaged house foundations usually soon follow. However, of all the termite species in the world, only four percent

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Sources and Sinks: How animals shape the carbon cycle

Sources and Sinks: How animals shape the carbon cycle

The global carbon cycle is an essential aspect of life on Earth, and there has been extensive scientific research concerning how the movement and exchange of carbon compounds can help manage atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations and predict climate change.

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Dinosaur Secrets

Dinosaur Secrets

Preserved proteins reveal a more accurate tree of life Paleontology has long been regarded as the domain of dinosaur bones, teeth, and shells. During fossilization, these hard, organic scaffolds behave like a rough cast, providing structure for the assembly of

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Leaves in 3D

Leaves in 3D

Scientists have long studied the internal processes of leaves in two dimensions, yet most of life’s processes occur in three. A technology recently developed and implemented at Yale allows researchers to create more complete models of the inside of leaves

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Diversi-Teeth

Diversi-Teeth

As the adage goes: you are what you eat. But could we possibly learn more about something from what they use to eat, rather than simply what they eat? Led by Elizabeth Sibert, a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard, a research

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Repurposed: Weaponizing Wheat

Repurposed: Weaponizing Wheat

Recently, it may seem that politics has become louder, brasher, and more annoying than ever. This political climate may mean that it’s easier for less exciting, but still dangerous, programs to slip through the cracks of the American news cycle,

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Remediation’s Acceleration: A Nano-Sized Game Changer to Remediating BPA-Tainted Water

Remediation’s Acceleration: A Nano-Sized Game Changer to Remediating BPA-Tainted Water

In an increasingly health-conscious society, many consumers demand their food be transparent, from its ingredients to its production, through regulations, labels, and bans. Labels, however, may in fact be part of the problem itself. A recently published scientific investigation from

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Going (Anti)Viral: Persistence of Neanderthal Anti-Viral DNA in the Human Genome

Going (Anti)Viral: Persistence of Neanderthal Anti-Viral DNA in the Human Genome

One of the stranger components of the 23andMe genetic testing service is its measure of how many Neanderthal variants one has in their DNA. The presence of Neanderthal DNA in our genes, besides being a funny talking point, also corrects

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Hippopotami as Engineers

Hippopotami as Engineers

Hippos may not be able to do math or solve complicated physics equations, but it turns out that they play a major role as engineers in the environment.  A joint team of researchers from Yale University and the Cary Institute

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