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The Origins of Water in Earth: Meteorites offer insight on the early conditions of Earth

The Origins of Water in Earth: Meteorites offer insight on the early conditions of Earth

Earth is remarkable in countless ways, but particularly for providing a home to the only known living creatures in the universe. That Earth has the building blocks for life is extraordinary, but how did these circumstances come about? New research

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Shazam for Seismologists? How a new data mining technique is shaking up earthquake science

Shazam for Seismologists? How a new data mining technique is shaking up earthquake science

Have you ever experienced an earth­quake? Because many earthquakes are small and can go by unnoticed, the answer for most people is yes. A common miscon­ception about earthquakes is that they are always associated with ruptured pavement, collapsed buildings, and

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An Unlikely Partnership: Why a parasitic relationship became mutualistic

An Unlikely Partnership: Why a parasitic relationship became mutualistic

When we think about bacteriophages, we don’t typically think of cooperation. Commonly represented with six legs and a big “head”, bacteriophages can look more like a bug than a microbial predator. Bacteriophages, a type of virus, attack by injecting their

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The Evolution of Fire: Preserved proteins reveal a more accurate tree of life

The Evolution of Fire: Preserved proteins reveal a more accurate tree of life

Forest fires, while harmful for individual plants, offer re­storative benefits for an ecosystem. Flammability, therefore, may be an example of group selection, a process by which a trait that may not be advantageous for individuals may become prevalent if it

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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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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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How Halogens Caused the End-Permian Extinction

How Halogens Caused the End-Permian Extinction

The end-Permian extinction was devastatingly destructive on a scale hard to comprehend. Ozone degradation and large fluctuations in temperature made the earth unsuitable for habitation, leading to the extinction of over 90 percent of all marine life and over 70

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Q&A: Can Evaporation Drive Energy Production?

Q&A: Can Evaporation Drive Energy Production?

Scientists are looking into using the evaporation of lakes as a new energy resource.

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A False Fixation on Nitrogen: How nitrogen-fixing trees may slow forest regrowth

A False Fixation on Nitrogen: How nitrogen-fixing trees may slow forest regrowth

Understanding forest regrowth is crucial to predicting and mitigating environmental damage, and with over half of the word’s tropical forests currently recovering from human land use, insight into forest regrowth mechanisms is more important than ever. To accurately model and

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