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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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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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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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Tracking Transition: From dinosaurs to birds, brain-skull evolution

Tracking Transition: From dinosaurs to birds, brain-skull evolution

New discovery in skull and brain development has implications for greater understanding of evolution of reptiles and birds.

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Mars Mirrors Early Earth: Hydrothermal seafloor deposits on Mars send us back in time

Mars Mirrors Early Earth: Hydrothermal seafloor deposits on Mars send us back in time

Researchers recently discovered evidence of ancient hydrothermal deposits in the Eridania Basin on Mars. These may hold insight into the conditions surrounding the origin of life on Earth.

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Yale Startup Hopes to Deploy Pipe-Inspecting Robots

Yale Startup Hopes to Deploy Pipe-Inspecting Robots

How are robots changing the field of the petroleum refineries? Find out how Yale startup ARIX is making its breaking through in cutting costs and improving safety in the oil and gas industry.

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Arctic Ocean Craters: Sudden Methane Release Linked to Ice Sheet Retreat

Arctic Ocean Craters: Sudden Methane Release Linked to Ice Sheet Retreat

Researchers have linked massive pits in the Arctic seafloor to the global thawing that occurred the end of the last glacial period: a discovery that may have potential implications for modern climate change.

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Microbial Diversity: How environmental niches affect biological diversification

Microbial Diversity: How environmental niches affect biological diversification

By studying rocks that are almost three million years old, a team of researchers led by Eva Stüeken found out that the diversification of environmental niches plays a role in the diversification of microbial populations.

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When Noise Becomes a Signal:  A Study of Random Motion

When Noise Becomes a Signal: A Study of Random Motion

The world is filled with chaos: the coffee you drink is a mixture of scattered particles swirling in random motion, ships are thrown to-and-fro by sudden bad weather, and wind blows your bike off course. A recent study demonstrates how this chaos can be reduced into a simple graph that can illustrate when, and how, chaos will strike.

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