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The Return to Nepal: In Search of Soot

The Return to Nepal: In Search of Soot

Editor's Note: This is the first installment in a new series by Ulyana Horodyskyj, who chronicled an earlier expedition to Nepal in a series called, "Climbing Mount Everest," which can be found by clicking here.

October 16, 2014 — Ulyana Horodyskyj

From the archives: Chameleon bacteria!

This post was originally published in “Life of a Lab Rat” on Wednesday 3rd February 2010. Chameleon bacteria This is a picture of a small cyanobacteria under red light: And this is a picture of exactly the same organism under blue-green light: Some cyanobacteria have the ability to change their colour depending on external conditions.

June 24, 2014 — S.E. Gould

Climate Preparedness Index Reveals Rich-Poor Gap

High in the Peruvian Andes 8,000 alpacas died during a particularly harsh period of cold in the summer of 2004. For the herders who raise and shear these long-haired beasts for a living, it was a huge loss amounting to one fifth of all the alpacas living in that region of the highlands.

November 21, 2014 — Amy Nordrum

Call of the Orangutan: A Camera Trap Menagerie

In order to get more information about the forest here at the Sikundur research station in North Sumatra, I've set up four camera traps, which I'm using to get a better look at the wildlife around the site.

November 25, 2014 — James Askew

Through the Anthropocene Looking Glass

There’s no doubt that humans have drastically changed the Earth. The global scale impacts of humans on the environment has led many scientists, scholars, and environmentalists to use the term Anthropocene to describe our present geological period.

July 7, 2014 — Christina Agapakis
The pathogen detectives: sourcing the post-earthquake cholera outbreak in Haiti

The pathogen detectives: sourcing the post-earthquake cholera outbreak in Haiti

Natural disasters such as earthquakes can have far-reaching effects beyond the damage caused on the day they occur. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti damaged the already limited sanitation systems leading to areas without adequate toilet and washing facilities; perfect for the spread of infection diseases.

April 6, 2014 — S.E. Gould
From the archives: life at 90C

From the archives: life at 90C

I’m on holiday this week so this is an old post that appeared on my previous blog “Life of a Lab Rat” on July 1st 2010. Prokaryotes are by far the most successful superkingdom in terms of both biochemical diversity and the variety of environments conquered.

February 23, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Face Off! A Debate About Eating Anything With A Face

Face Off! A Debate About Eating Anything With A Face

Is it healthier to be a vegetarian? Or an omnivore? And how much of an environmental impact does livestock really have? These questions can spark a lively debate and thats exactly what happened last week when Intelligence Squared presented Dont Eat Anything With A Face.

December 10, 2013 — Layla Eplett
Dengue Fever Reemerges in Texas

Dengue Fever Reemerges in Texas

Late last week Texas public health officials confirmed a new wave of dengue fever has cropped up in the southernmost tip of Texas, marking the first outbreak the state has seen since 2005.

November 18, 2013 — Dina Fine Maron

“Forcing” my kids to be vegetarian.

I’m a vegetarian, which is probably not a total surprise. I study and teach ethics. I’m uneasy with the idea of animals being killed to fulfill a need of mine I know can be fulfilled other ways.

September 6, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel
In Indonesia, a Worrying Silence on Climate Change

In Indonesia, a Worrying Silence on Climate Change

Dive into the limpid waters off Indonesia's resort island of Bali and you'll spot the beginnings of an environmental success story. Older reefs are recovering from the devastating coral bleaching of 1998 and 2009.

May 15, 2014 — Jensi Sartin

The Life Cycle of Your Reusable Trash

Check out this Earth Day video featuring LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Cofounder and Curator-in-Chief of the award-winning Reading Rainbow app and host of the original PBS series).

April 22, 2014 — THE EDITORS

What about Earth’s Microbiome?

The latest temperature readings from Antarctica are giving the world pause, along with the finding that 70 percent of the western Antarctic ice shelf has melted.

April 22, 2015 — Raina Maier

ScienceDebate Revs Up for 2016 Presidential Election

This year, I've been very fortunate to be a part of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program, which brings together 60 leaders from around the country to work on projects designed to create significant social impact and change.

April 13, 2015 — Sheril Kirshenbaum