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Paper vs. Plastic: The science behind the national shopping controversy

Paper vs. Plastic: The science behind the national shopping controversy

🕔23:26, 8.May 2015

While the country debates which kind of bag is safest for the environment — paper, or plastic — a more holistic and quantitative technique can help inform policy decisions.

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Television Review: Earth: A New Wild

Television Review: Earth: A New Wild

🕔20:26, 8.May 2015

A new documentary series from National Geographic and Passion Planet attempts to inspire a deeper affinity between viewers and wildlife, but is beset by contrived drama.

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Where Did the Missing BP Oil Go?

Where Did the Missing BP Oil Go?

🕔18:50, 8.May 2015

In 2010, a government release reported that one third of the oil dumped into the Gulf of Mexico in the famous BP spill was unaccounted for. Where do we look for these missing gallons?

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New Species of Hummingbird Discovered in the Bahamas

New Species of Hummingbird Discovered in the Bahamas

🕔18:00, 8.May 2015

Through both observational and genetic methods, Teresa Feo in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology has determined that two populations of Bahama hummingbirds, previously believed to belong to the same species, are actually two distinct species.

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Bzzzzzz: The Bee’s Need for Sleep

Bzzzzzz: The Bee’s Need for Sleep

🕔16:09, 8.Mar 2015

Sleep has previously been shown to consolidate memory and learning. Researchers have observed the same phenomenon in honey bees, and the necessity for sleep is especially apparent in social creatures.

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Link Germinates Between Agriculture, Ancient Civilizations and Climate: Carbon-Dating Ancient Barley to Understand Drought-Stress Variability

Link Germinates Between Agriculture, Ancient Civilizations and Climate: Carbon-Dating Ancient Barley to Understand Drought-Stress Variability

🕔14:24, 18.Jan 2015

For the first time, a team of scientists has directly linked archaeological sites with local climate fluctuations. To reveal patterns in drought stress, they employed stable isotope dating on individual barley grains – some of which were over 10,000 years old.

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Studying Swarms: How Physicists, Engineers, and Computer Scientists are Learning from Midges

Studying Swarms: How Physicists, Engineers, and Computer Scientists are Learning from Midges

🕔14:23, 18.Jan 2015

A Yale professor is one of a growing number of scientists studying the science of swarms. These researchers hope that by understanding how animals swarm, they can inform such far flung disciplines as robotics, computer design, and physics.

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Tiny soil critters have big impact on ecosystems

Tiny soil critters have big impact on ecosystems

🕔13:18, 18.Jan 2015

A recent Yale-led study illustrated that soil critters play a huge role in ecosystem structure and dynamics, which has important implications for agricultural and land use management.

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Connecting the Address Book to the Family Tree for the Earth’s Vertebrates

Connecting the Address Book to the Family Tree for the Earth’s Vertebrates

🕔13:11, 18.Jan 2015

Professor Walter Jetz recently received a boost in NSF funding for projects integrating the global distribution of species with their placement on the tree of life.

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Undergraduate Profile: Yetunde Meroe ’16

Undergraduate Profile: Yetunde Meroe ’16

🕔00:14, 18.Jan 2015

Yetunde Meroe ’16 speaks about her summer internship at the Yale Farm and her joint passions for chemical engineering, social outreach, and food and soil science.

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