Researcher with skeleton of Dreadnoughtus schrani

September 14, 2014

Meet Dreadnoughtus and Dendrogramma, New Species Great and Small

Last week, scientists announced two incredible discoveries of new species, one an enormous land animal and the other a tiny marine creature. Researcher Kenneth Lacovara with the skeleton of Dreadnoughtus schrani. Image: Kenneth Lacovara Measuring nearly...

Chemistry Safety

September 1, 2014

Safety in the Chemistry Lab

After a series of tragic accidents related to the “rainbow experiment” in high school chemistry labs, the United States Chemical Safety Board (CSB) took the unprecedented step of releasing a video safety message to warn educators...

Sinkhole downstream from Mosul Dam (Credit: Wikimedia Commons, US Army Corps of Engineers)

August 25, 2014

Inside the science of sinkholes

Sinkholes aren’t new, but they certainly make news, causing millions of dollars of damage, contaminating water supplies, and even claiming lives. This latest monster under the bed appears often without warning and with potentially catastrophic results, as...

Southern Ocean phytoplankton

August 17, 2014

Pieces of an Atmospheric Puzzle

Take two breaths. One came from the ocean. More specifically, it came from microscopic plant-like organisms known at phytoplankton, which produce half of Earth’s oxygen as they drift around the ocean (and other water bodies). Together...

"Toxic Algae Bloom in Lake Erie" by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon - NASA Earth Observatory. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

August 5, 2014

Water Quality Concerns in the Great Lakes. Again.

Since the 1970s, when limnologist David Schindler and his colleagues began actively publishing the results of their work in the Experimental Lakes Area, there has been conclusive evidence that a steady flow of excess phosphorus in...

"An opened pomegranate" by Anton Croos - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

July 28, 2014

Discovery of a new organelle: Introducing the tannosome

With all the advances in scientific technology over the last 50 years, sometimes it’s hard to believe there are still discoveries to be made. Particularly in areas that have already received a lot of study, like...

A reviewer at the National Institutes of evaluates a grant proposal. (Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health)

July 23, 2014

Peer review: New approaches to an old system

A scientist’s reputation and funding for research can hinge on recommendations by other scientists in the centuries-old peer review process. To ensure a credible body of scientific knowledge, research papers and proposals are evaluated by other...

purple nut sedge

July 18, 2014

Studying Food and Culture with Chemistry

Earlier this week a team of researchers from the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain published a paper in the journal PLOS ONE with new details about the diets of ancient people who lived in what is...


July 12, 2014

Phytoremediation: The power of plants to clean up the environment

The tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 not only caused extensive damage to the country’s infrastructure, but also poisoned the environment when it caused the Fukushima nuclear power plant to leak radiation into the surrounding area. ...


July 3, 2014

Great Whites on the upswing

We all know the iconic tune: A single cello plays a deep ‘G’ and ‘A’, then a pause. It repeats the same two notes continually for many bars, each time the speed picking up until it...