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April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014: Following the carbon footprint to the sea

Where are we now, 43 years after the first nationwide Earth Day was celebrated in the US? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a grim picture in its latest assessment report, AR5, announcing that...

March 17, 2014

New State of Matter Discovered

One of the foundations of physics and chemistry is the concept of states of matter. While many have been discovered, in reality we only tend to pay attention to the big three: solids, liquids, and gases. Plasma...

February 6, 2014

West Virginia Chemical Spill; What Is MCHM?

Earlier in January, West Virginia experienced a large chemical spill in its capital city, Charleston. A large supply tank holding nearly 10,000 gallons of a chemical called 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) leaked into the Elk River, forcing a...

January 2, 2014

New Strain of C. botulinum Produces the World’s Deadliest Poison

Poisons have long fascinated us both for their power and intrigue. For example, the story of the Egyptian ruler Cleopatra is told in a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History called “The Power...

December 24, 2013

Video of the Week: Marvelous Snowflakes

This week, those who live in the northern hemisphere will cross their fingers in hopes of a dusting of snow for the holidays. Everyone loves snow for making snowballs and snow forts, plus a blanket of...

December 18, 2013

Solving practical problems with basic physical chemistry: Ruth Benerito

This fall, science lost one of its great inventors, Ruth Benerito (January 12, 1916 – October 5, 2013), chemist at USDA’s Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans. Benerito held more than 50 patents, but she...

December 2, 2013

On this Day in 1942: Initiating the World’s First Nuclear Chain Reaction

On this day 71 years ago, physicists Enrico Fermi and Léo Szilárd, along with Martin Whittaker, Walter Zinn, George Weil, and Arthur Compton, gathered together in a squash court under the west stands of the University...

An African Globe Lily Cell During Mitosis

November 27, 2013

From Tiny Cells, Mighty Organisms Grow

It’s hard to imagine that each of us–the millions of cells that make up our our bones, muscles, blood vessels, organs, and the rest of of our complex, living bodies–had such tiny, humble beginnings. But all...

October 1, 2013

Survival of the most cooperative?

In discussions of evolution, the phrase “survival of the fittest” is uttered so often that it would be easy to assume competition among organisms is the only driver of evolutionary change.  But in fact, cooperation among...

Boy with hoirseshoe crab

September 10, 2013

Video of the Week: How Horseshoe Crabs Help Prevent the Flu

In case you missed the drum beat of news reports, warnings from pediatricians, and signs at your local pharmacy: flu season is coming!  While getting a flu shot (or enduring the flu itself) is a far...

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