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The Case of the Missing Microbes

The standard techniques for looking at the diversity of microbial populations may be missing a substantial quantity of important bacteria. Unfortunately, there’s not an easy fix. 

February 23, 2016 — Kevin Bonham

In Syria, Considering the Unintended Impact of Emergency Food Aid

Food shortages may have been a contributing factor and a deliberate tactic in Syria’s multi-faceted and complex ongoing conflict. A paper recently published in International Affairs  examines the emergency food relief response and suggests it may be contradictory in nature--having far reaching political implications despite claims of neutrality and worsening the conditions it intends to alleviate.

February 15, 2016 — Layla Eplett

Organically Speaking: The Marketing Language of Organic Food

Foods themselves might be  a mouthful but the accompanying language used to describe foods can say a mouthful. Guy Cook, an applied linguist and Professor of Language in Education at King’s College, explains, “We are influenced by what is said about food offered to us, as much as by the food itself.” Part of his research has explored the influence of language in the marketing of organic food.

January 19, 2016 — Layla Eplett

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