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June 1, 2015

What is the Acceptable (and Ethical) Role of the Scientist in Society?

This past week marked the 108th birthday of marine biologist Rachel Carson, probably most widely known for her groundbreaking book Silent Spring (1962), which sparked a grassroots environmental movement in the United States and led to...

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May 28, 2015

Video of the Week: Climate music

Since people started making regular, reliable measurements of air temperatures in the late 1800s, the Earth has warmed by about 0.85 degrees Celsius–or 1.53 degrees Fahrenheit–on average. This trend is mainly driven by human activities that...

Warm waters in the Pacific Ocean have disrupted marine ecosystems and North American weather. (Credit: NOAA)

April 17, 2015

Of sardines, sea lions, and “the blob” in the Pacific

If you’ve been following the news about the Pacific Ocean, there’s a lot going on these days. First, there have been the heartbreaking deaths of thousands of starving sea lion pups along the California coast. Then,...

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March 12, 2015

Writing to Learn in the Science Classroom

Education in the United States, particularly in the K through 12 arena, has been a hotbed of public debate in the last decade, heating up more recently in controversies surrounding Common Core. While few would argue...

The loudest (and quietest) places in the U.S.
Credit: National Parks Service Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division

February 21, 2015

Image of the Week: Picturing—and Preserving—Soundscapes

Shhh. Do you hear that? Last week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in San Jose, CA, all eyes (and ears) were fixed on a new map from the National...

Smith created arguably the first geologic map. (Public domain, Scan by the Library Foundation, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library)

January 23, 2015

A Historic Map Turns 200 Years Old

Geologic maps represent the flashier side of earth science. They depict in vibrant colors and funky shapes the rocks and sediments that cover our planet — materials which are often decidedly duller in reality. But though...

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January 9, 2015

Nicolaus Steno: An Unlikely Geology Genius

Portrait of Nicolaus Steno as a bishop. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons Nicolaus Steno could not have guessed that he would one day be known as a father of modern geology on the fateful day in October...

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

December 20, 2014

A Year in Review: Scientific Advancements of 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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December 17, 2014

Wolverines Give Insight into the Evolution of Greed

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)

December 12, 2014

A cold-loving insect confronts a warming world

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...