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June 12, 2016

Searching for Life on Other Worlds: Overview of Missions

Astrobiology is a cherished topic in the science news. Many people love considering questions of what extraterrestrial life might be like, what it might have in common with Earth life, and how it might be different....

Adult male red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens), a subspecies of the Eastern newt, a common salamander of eastern North America, one of the species identified as vulnerable to Bsal. (Wikimedia Commons)

June 10, 2016

Protecting Salamander Biodiversity through Citizen Science

Amphibian populations around the world have significantly declined and are facing an extinction crisis. One culprit is Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd, a fungus that has caused amphibian die-offs by the thousands in the Americas, Europe, Africa,...

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June 5, 2016

Rethinking the value of the P

In scientific disciplines, researchers tend to view the world through what’s referred to as “an objectivist” lens, seeing “social phenomena and their meanings [as having] an existence that is independent of social actors” (Bryman, 2004). As...

Micrometeorites extracted from ancient rocks in Australia contain minerals that suggest oxygen was present in the upper atmosphere 2.7 billion years ago. (Credit: Andrew Tomkins)

May 16, 2016

New Insights into Earth’s Ancient Atmosphere

Although it’s hard to imagine, Earth didn’t always have the oxygen-rich atmosphere we breathe today. In fact, until about two and a half billion years ago, the air contained almost no oxygen gas at all. You...

A female luna moth. (Credit: Kugamazog, Wikimedia Commons)

May 9, 2016

How moths trick bats with their own sonar

If you’re a big, delicious insect like the luna moth, how can you escape a predator like the big brown bat? You can’t outfly bats. Your beautiful, light-green wings span up to 4.5 inches, but they...

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May 2, 2016

Europa and Enceladus: Searching for Life on Icy Moons

We hear a lot about the prospect of microorganisms existing on Mars and probes of increasing complexity that will be going there in the years to come, but the life search will also examine the outer...

A model of the double helix structure of  DNA. (Wikimedia Commons)

April 25, 2016

The secret of life revealed: Today in science history

On April 25, 1953, the “secret of life” was revealed in a short article in Nature that began, “We wish to suggest a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid (D.N.A.). This structure has novel...

A Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton on display at the American Museum of Natural History. (Credit: Eqdoktor, Wikimedia Commons)

April 3, 2016

Tyrannosaur tracks show scientists how fast an ancient predator could move

Just north of the town of Glenrock, Wyoming, a stretch of ancient yellow sandstone is studded with a killer’s footprints. About 66 million years ago, a Tyrannosaurus rex strode through the wet sand of what was...

Researchers think that melting of the mantle (the red blob the right) changed the internatl structure of the moon, causing the axis to shift from the blue line to the green line. (Credit: James Keane, U of Arizona)

March 28, 2016

The moon’s wandering pole

If you’re an avid watcher of the night sky — or a Pink Floyd fan — you probably know that we Earthlings always see the same side of the moon. We always see the bright side,...

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March 14, 2016

Celebrating All Things Pi on 3/14

There’s no better time to celebrate the magic of mathematics than Pi Day, which of course is on 3/14. Called by some the geekiest day of the year, Pi Day (also Albert Einstein’s birthday) is a great...