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Why Do Trees Topple in a Storm?

For some, an unwanted reminder of Hurricane Sandy that crashed into the East Coast as megastorm of the century is a big tree uprooted, lying across the yard -- If lucky, missing the house...

November 12, 2012 — Mary Knudson

Engineers of the Future Design Star Trek-Inspired Tricorder Device

A group of college and high school students has designed a Star Trek-inspired sensing device that can beam environmental data to a smart phone. The team developed their project during a summer internship program run by the Wright Brothers Institute and the Air Force Research Laboratory...

November 12, 2012 — Marissa Fessenden

#SciAmBlogs Friday - Sandy at Staten Island, the Achilles heel, wetlands, allergies, sea rise in NC, and more.

- Kathleen Raven - Staten Island’s ‘Bluebelt’ doesn’t fight super-storms, but plays crucial role in managing excess rainfall - Jalees Rehman - Achilles Had Only 2 Heels - Scott Huler - Reality Laughs Again at North Carolina - DNLee - Society for Wetland Scientists Undergrad Mentoring Program application deadline November 16 - Khalil A...

STAFFNovember 9, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Reality Laughs Again at North Carolina

It’s not just Nate Silver.Certainly Silver’s election math beat-down is the most noteworthy example of science delivering a dope slap to superstition, to “gut feeling,” to magical thinking: "Come on, you knuckleheads."But reality is striking back everywhere – in some places with a kind of fierce appropriateness that borders on comedy, or tragedy, or both...

November 9, 2012 — Scott Huler

Khalil s Picks (9 November 2012)

Hurricane Sandy is in the news but for this weeks’ picks, I opted to not concentrate on bad news exclusively. So in addition to Sandy and gloomy climate science, space science is also featured!...

STAFFNovember 9, 2012 — Khalil A. Cassimally

Allergies from Pollen Projected to Intensify with Climate Change

Spring and summer allergy sufferers might already have noticed a slight increase in days spent sneezing each year. And new research suggests that allergies triggered by pollen are set to increase—in both duration and severity—with climate change.The seasonal scourge ragweed has already been expanding its range in North America, thanks in large part to warming temperatures...

November 9, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

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