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Astronomy ambassadors to Chile: ALMA radio telescope

Learn what it would be like to travel to Chile – sometimes called astronomy’s world capital – in this final report from Robert Pettengill with the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador Program. Thank you for your dispatches, Rob!

Sometimes I Wonder If People Just Need to Have An Enemy

August 16, 2019, 11:10 am I find this depressing: We seem to NEED an enemy.  We hop from one enemy to another — Soviet Union to Iraq to Al Qaeda to Russia to Iran and now to China (with a…

This Isn’t A Map of Global Warming, It’s A Map of Corrupted Temperature Stations

Kevin Drum published this map on his blog, which he says was originally from the Washington Post.  He does not include a link so I can’t give any more background on the chart.  For example, I have no idea which…

Snack-hunting raccoon caught red-handed in Florida vending machine

A raccoon got stuck in the Pine Ridge High School vending machine. (Photo: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office) Deputy Danny Clifton was filling in for the normal campus officer at Pine Ridge High School when he got an unexpected alert about…

From not having kids to battling anxiety: Climate change is shaping life choices and affecting mental health – USA TODAY

For some, ignoring climate change is not an option. It’s real, and preventing global warming from getting worse is a driving force in their lives. Elizabeth Lawrence and Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY Revelle Mast wanted to be an architect when…

Fungi living in cattail roots could improve our picture of ancient ecoystems

(Field Museum) Some fossil plants that lived in wetlands had fungi living in their roots, and others don’t. To understand why, scientists waded into modern wetlands and yanked up cattails to study the fungi living in their roots. They learned that cattail roots deeper underwater have fewer fungi living in them than in drier roots. That means that the fungi present in fossil plant roots can tell us about the environment those plants lived in.

Why we turn to dogs when disaster strikes

When disaster strikes, man’s best friend is often there, working on the front lines and behind the scenes of rescue efforts, helping people cope with trauma and loss. “They help people relax and calm down,” Tim Hetzner, president of the…

Stanford scientists create artificial catalysts inspired by living enzymes

(Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences ) Stanford researchers have made a significant advance in the development of artificial catalysts for making cleaner chemicals and fuels at an industrial scale.