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A Mineral Map for Fossil Hunters

A Mineral Map for Fossil Hunters

Improving the localization of rare soft-tissue fossils Think of a fossil. What do you see? Perhaps dinosaur bones, teeth, or mollusk shells? When we think of fossils, we traditionally picture hard tissue parts. However, more rare soft tissue fossils are

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Legionnaires’ Disease Linked to Some CT Watersheds

Legionnaires’ Disease Linked to Some CT Watersheds

In the 21st century, some believe water contamination in the United States is an issue of the past. Advancements in plumbing, sanitation, and water treatment have drastically reduced the number of diseases spread through infected water. In Connecticut, however, one

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Are You There, Exoplanets? It’s Me, Earth

Are You There, Exoplanets? It’s Me, Earth

Space: the final frontier. Researchers at Yale work to boldly go where no researcher has gone before. With a newly designed EXtreme PREcision Spectrograph (EXPRES) that will clarify pre-existing data, Professor Debra Fischer and graduate student Lily Zhao are leading

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The Confounding Simplicity of Coastal Carbon

The Confounding Simplicity of Coastal Carbon

What do a Florida mangrove swamp, a Connecticut cattail-lined salt marsh, and an Oregon tidal freshwater forest all have in common? Sure, that funky low-tide smell is shared by each, but they’re all different in essential ways—some are cold, others

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Diamond-Studded Rock Contrasts Prevailing View of Early Solar System

Diamond-Studded Rock Contrasts Prevailing View of Early Solar System

A meteorite found in Egypt in 1996, deemed “Hypatia,” was recently further analyzed by researchers at the University of Johannesberg. In their published results, they found that due to a number of unusual compositional features—including high carbon content and unique

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Under the Sea: Unusual Mantle Behavior

Under the Sea: Unusual Mantle Behavior

Though hidden, Earth’s interior is full of activity. Heat from Earth’s interior drives plate tectonics, the movement of giant slabs of the Earth’s crust. At certain areas, such as along the coast of Chile, one plate slides under another, sinking

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The Single Birds’ Bar

The Single Birds’ Bar

The evolution of super-black feathers in birds-of-paradise Just like a teenager before a first date, male birds-of-paradise spend hours checking their looks and practicing their dance moves. But unlike a teenager, who might change clothes five times before leaving the

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Thinking on Four Feet

Thinking on Four Feet

Humans use eye contact all the time, from bonding with our babies to sharing an awkward glance with someone during an embarrassing situation. Eye contact isn’t just for humans though – dogs use it too. Man’s best friend has learned

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A Tale of Ice and Snow

A Tale of Ice and Snow

Understanding Cloud Behavior through Computational Modeling On some days during the coldest months of winter, we are greeted by fluffy snow falling from the sky when we venture outside. On other days, it’s rain or an unpleasant combination of freezing

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Counterpoint: Which Came First, the Butterfly or the Flower?

Counterpoint: Which Came First, the Butterfly or the Flower?

A butterfly lands on top of a flower and draws nectar with its coiled mouthpiece; the butterfly and the flower seem to be an inseparable pair. For a long time, our understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the two organisms

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