Global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from Oct. 1 through Nov. 11, as recorded by NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2. 
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

A Year in Review: Scientific Advancements of 2014

December 20, 2014

As we wrap-up another year, it seems appropriate to take some time to think about the scientific advancements made in the past twelve months. From landing on comets to discovering new species in the deepest parts...


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Wolverines Give Insight into the Evolution of Greed

December 17, 2014

Cross-posted with the permission of Dr. Nathan Lents from his The Human Evolution Blog.   Greed is often defined as the intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food. Although we usually associate this unseemly...


The rare western glacier stonefly lives in Glacier National Park and thrives in its icy streams. (Credit: Joe Griersch, USGS)

A cold-loving insect confronts a warming world

December 12, 2014

Today marks the end of two weeks of climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, where world leaders gathered to address the growing threat of climate change. Much of the conversation at the UN conference revolved around the...



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New Genes for Your Potatoes

November 23, 2014

Over the years, we’ve gone to great lengths to make fried potato foods healthier. Potato chip makers don’t fry them in animal shortening anymore, for example, and many companies have given up using vegetable shortening (made...




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To Be a Nobel Laureate, or Not to Be

November 6, 2014

The Nobel Prize Committee recently announced their 2014 Awards, including  Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner in Chemistry,  Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano andShuji Nakamura in Physics, and John O’Keefe and the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser  in...


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Florida Lizards Show that Evolutionary Change can be Rapid

November 3, 2014

Cross-posted with the permission of Dr. Nathan Lents from his The Human Evolution Blog.     Green anole Small lizards called anoles are found throughout the Caribbean islands and nearby mainland areas. The coastal and swamp regions of...


Autumn leaves in Connecticut. (Credit: Ragesoss, Wikimedia Commons)

Autumn leaves herald changes in carbon dioxide concentrations

October 31, 2014

Autumn leaves in Connecticut. (Credit: Ragesoss, Wikimedia Commons) Autumn is a season of tranformations. In the eastern United States, leaves tumble through a kaleidoscope of copper and crimson colors. In the west, rivers of golden Aspen...