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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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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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Spiny Slugs: New fossil discovery sheds light on mollusk evolution

Spiny Slugs: New fossil discovery sheds light on mollusk evolution

Discovery of a slug-like organism called Calvipilosa, literally meaning “hairy scalp”, leads to new knowledge of what the earliest common ancestor of mollusks would have looked like.

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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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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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