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Cloning Woolly Mammoths: It's the Ecology, Stupid

As an ecologist of ice age giants, I long ago came to terms with the fact that I will never look my study organisms in the eye. I will never observe black-bear-sized beavers through binoculars in their natural habitats, build experimental exclosures to test the effects of mastodons on plants, or even observe a giant ground sloth in a zoo.As a conservation paleoecologist, I study the natural experiments of the past—like climate change and extinction—to better understand the ecology of a warming, fragmented world...

March 18, 2013 — Jacquelyn Gill

Chimps in Uganda: Meet the Gents

Though my study covers a broad geographic area, encompassing the home ranges of numerous chimpanzee communities, we have focused substantial attention on one community in particular.

March 18, 2013 — Maureen McCarthy

The Reign of Error, Renewable Energy Edition

Greetings from North Carolina, where our legislature gets to more crazy in a week than yours does in an entire session. You're probably sick of hearing about it, but Plugged In wants to keep you plugged in.Okay, legislative dumbassery the first: the legislature would like to ban greenhouse gas laws...

March 18, 2013 — Scott Huler

Subatomic to Superhorizon - Abandon All Hope!

The greatest minds have tried to contemplate the vastness of nature            Grasping for an understanding of the true scale of the cosmos is a vital part of how we try to conceptualize reality and our place among it all.But it's tremendously difficult, whether we're seeking that 'oh wow' moment, or trying to gain intuition that'll help us solve the next scientific problem...

March 18, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Superman Explains Why He Didn't Destroy the Russian Meteor

FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE—After more than a month of attempts to contact the reclusive hero, reports are coming in today from the icy home of global do-gooder Superman that he intentionally let the meteor that impacted Chelyabinsk, Russia on February 15th enter the atmosphere and explode...

March 18, 2013 — Kyle Hill

Superman Explains Why He Didn t Destroy Russian Meteor

FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE—After more than a month of attempts to contact the reclusive hero, reports are coming in today from the icy home of global do-gooder Superman that he intentionally let the meteor that impacted Chelyabinsk, Russia on February 15th enter the atmosphere and explode.Residents of Chelyabinsk were baffled by how a sworn protector of Earth could let a dangerous foreign object enter human-occupied space without his intervention...

March 18, 2013 — Kyle Hill

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