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ENERGY TRANSITIONS: Mass. regulators approve Hydro-Québec contract

Massachusetts regulators have approved a 20-year contract between Hydro-Québec and three Bay State utilities in a significant victory for developers of a controversial $950 million transmission line.

Everything you want to know about Lyme disease

You may want to be a bit more wary when walking in the woods this summer. The rate of Lyme disease cases have been climbing in the last two decades, but you can’t allow the terror of ticks to keep…

10 reasons making music is good for your brain

Turns out Mom and Dad were right: those piano lessons and the endless hours in school band practice were good for you. From making you smarter, to diminishing the effects of brain aging, to improving emotional stability, it seems that…

Huge freshwater aquifer found under the ocean

Scientists have found a giant aquifer under the Northeastern U.S., estimated to hold at least 670 cubic miles of freshwater. If it was on the surface, they say, it would create a lake spanning 15,000 square miles, which is twice…

New therapy targets gut bacteria to prevent and reverse food allergies

A new study identifies the species of bacteria in the human infant gut that protect against food allergies, finding changes associated with the development of food allergies and an altered immune response.

Scientists map huge undersea fresh-water aquifer off U.S. Northeast

In a new survey of the sub-seafloor off the U.S. Northeast coast, scientists have made a surprising discovery: a gigantic aquifer of relatively fresh water trapped in porous sediments lying below the salty ocean. It appears to be the largest such formation yet found in the world.

Blue States Roll Out Aggressive Climate Strategies. Red States Keep to the Sidelines. – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — At a time when the country is already deeply fractured along partisan lines, individual states are starting to pursue vastly different policies on climate change with the potential to cement an economic and social divide for years to…

Scientists map huge undersea fresh-water aquifer off US Northeast

(Earth Institute at Columbia University) In a new survey of the sub-seafloor off the US Northeast coast, scientists have made a surprising discovery: a gigantic aquifer of relatively fresh water trapped in porous sediments lying below the salty ocean. It appears to be the largest such formation yet found in the world.

NSF awards $4 million to the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub

(Data Science Institute at Columbia) The Northeast Hub, hosted by the Data Science Institute at Columbia, will accelerate community-driven innovation in data science with a $4 million NSF grant. The grant, a second round of NSF funding, validates the Hub’s efforts to harness the data-science revolution in ways that benefit society.