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Bessie Schwarz (FES ’14): On the road to rain

Bessie Schwarz (FES ’14): On the road to rain

Bessie Schwarz (FES ‘14) is the co-founder of Cloud to Street, a company that uses machine learning techniques to predict climate change disasters. This technology can calculate the flood vulnerabilities of communities, and help governments to make more informed policy decisions to decrease the overall damage done by climate change disasters.

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Peering Into the Earth’s Violent Past : New techniques see origin of ancient volcanic eruptions

Peering Into the Earth’s Violent Past : New techniques see origin of ancient volcanic eruptions

Tracing a 65 million year history of the Earth is no easy task, but researchers at the University of Quebec have found a new method. By taking a tango through time, they created a new tool for modeling our past Earth, and have used it to discover a second hotspot origin for the Deccan traps.

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Plants Protecting Against Pathogens: Seagrass Meadows Clean the Waters Near Coral Reefs

Plants Protecting Against Pathogens: Seagrass Meadows Clean the Waters Near Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are an economically and ecologically important ecosystem, supporting a vast array of life and providing tourism opportunities. Reefs face numerous threats, including coral disease, but another ecosystem may already be alleviating that problem. Recent research shows that seagrass meadows reduce levels of pathogenic bacteria, improving the health of nearby coral reefs.

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Printing Power Generators

Printing Power Generators

Researchers at the University of Toronto have designed a technology that could make solar cells more effective and cheaper to produce.

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Sex-Switching Frogs

Sex-Switching Frogs

Is road salt as safe as it seems? Researchers found that the salt is changing sex ratios in frogs, causing permanent alterations in the populations.

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Study of the Center of the Earth

Study of the Center of the Earth

Scientists may finally be able to model magnetic fields more efficiently in the lab, thanks to the development of eGaIn, a magnetic liquid metal with unprecedentedly high magnetic and conductive properties.

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Yale Graduate Challenges Existing Ideas About Ecosystem Models

Yale Graduate Challenges Existing Ideas About Ecosystem Models

Plant functional traits are viewed as key to predicting important ecosystem and community properties among biogeographic regions. However, a recent study led by Elisabeth Forrestel GRD ’15 challenges the trait-based approach to predicting ecosystem function by demonstrating that different combinations of functional traits can act to maximize net primary productivity, a community property, in a given environmental setting.

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Silly Bacteria: Tricks are for Kids

Silly Bacteria: Tricks are for Kids

The influence of pathogens, either directly or indirectly, to manipulate vector microbiota for their own benefit, has not been very well described. This study has demonstrated that a pathogen can effectively “trick” vector microbiota and enhance infection. This allows better colonization of the vector.

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Young Professional Profile: Mika McKinnon, UBC M.S. ‘10

Young Professional Profile: Mika McKinnon, UBC M.S. ‘10

What do television shows, outer space, earthquakes and journalism have in common? Ask Mika McKinnon, a Canadian-born geophysicist currently residing in the San Francisco area; she has consulted on the television series Stargate, written for science and tech publications like

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Q&A: Why Do Killer Whales Go Through Menopause?

Q&A: Why Do Killer Whales Go Through Menopause?

Why do some species, including humans and killer whales, stop reproducing long before the end of their lives? A new study from Exeter University suggests that older females may gain adaptive advantages by helping to raise their daughters’ calves instead of raising their own.

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