Category Archives: STEM News

Anatomy of a wildfire

Environment

The 2011 Las Conchas wildfire was big even before it blew up on June 27.

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How a wildfire kicked up a 45,000-foot column of flames

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In 2011, a New Mexico wildfire went from normal to nuclear. Three local scientists set out to learn why.

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Reverse Engineering Mysterious 500-Million-Year-Old Fossils That Confound Our Tree of Life

A new high-tech approach is helping paleontologists better understand the link between a set of ancient fossils and modern animals

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Chimps Engage in Costly Quid pro Quo

Chimpanzees have been known to cooperate when there is no foreseeable personal cost. Watch and learn whether chimps are capable of riskier, more complex forms of collaboration.

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Should You Switch to Corn Oil to Lower Cholesterol?

A newly published study shows that corn oil reduces cholesterol much more effectively than extra virgin olive oil. But before you make a switch, there are some other factors to consider

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Desert Basins May Hold Missing Carbon Sinks

Understanding these sinks and how they function is critical for calculating the world’s carbon budget

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Karen Handel: New Georgia Congresswoman’s Views on Health Care

Handel, a Republican, wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act but protect preexisting conditions

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Amazon Rain Forest May Have Once Been a Giant Marine Lake

Evidence from sediment cores suggests this rich ecosystem was flooded at least twice in the past

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Watch the Human Brain Come to Life in This Stunning Piece of Art

Drawn and etched with algorithms, Greg Dunn’s masterpiece is unique in more ways than one

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What Do "Emotion" and "Mood" Actually Mean?

We throw these terms around casually, but in a clinical setting they might be too vague to be useful

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The world’s art is under attack—by microbes

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Bacteria and fungi are a menace to paintings, sculptures, and ancient artifacts.

Cultural relics can be damaged by hordes of tiny invaders: bacteria, fungi, and algae. Continue reading

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Still a Glaring Problem: How a Solar Eclipse Can Fry Your Eyes

From chemical changes to thermal burns, a rundown on exactly what staring at the sun can do

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Small Steps to Save Energy Exhaust Political Will for Bigger Actions

A study in Japan finds that after people unplug appliances and turn down the A-C, they are more resistant to nationwide climate change measures

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Democrats Hold Alternative Hearing on Climate Change

The discussion was meant to show that lawmakers are not yielding the climate discussion to those who reject mainstream science

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Don’t believe our planet is warming up? Look at this.

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Yes, it’s happening.

Here we see the number of years per decade that had above-average temperatures—and how many of those years rose a half, or even a whole, degree above the norm. Read on. Continue reading

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Persistent, Deadly Heat at the Equator Could Be the Norm by 2100

Tuesday in Phoenix, Arizona, the temperature kept some planes grounded.

Phoenix was projected to reach of 120 degrees Fahrenheit, a near-record for the desert city, and hot enough that small planes cannot generate enough lift to fly. Phoenix and oth… Continue reading

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New Biofuel Could Work in Regular Diesel Engines

The need for specially designed engines to run biodiesel is holding back the technology

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Why Are so Many Babies Born around 8:00 A.M.?

Data visualization engineer Zan Armstrong takes a close look at human birth patterns.

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Wolves Need More Room to Roam

Ecologists say wolves should be allowed to roam beyond remote wilderness areas—and that by scaring off smaller predators like coyotes and jackals, wolves might do a good service, too. Emily…

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Teeth Tell Tale of Hippo’s Quick Spread Across Africa

Fossils from ancient hippo ancestor suggest that grass helped the animals to conquer a continent

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Ancient Oak’s Youthful Genome Surprises Biologists

DNA of a 234-year-old tree has few mutations, giving weight to idea that plants protect their stem cells

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High Chair Philosophers

Toddlers understand more than you might think about scientific inquiry

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The Human Genome Was Never Completely Sequenced

The effort completed in 2003 used the best technology available but now scientists could do more

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Dinosaurs got an evolutionary assist from huge volcanic eruptions

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Blown away.

In a plot straight out of Game of Thrones, dinosaur ancestors managed to claw their way to greatness by climbing a mountain of bloodshed, aided by a force of nature. Continue reading

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You Do Not Think Alone

A new book argues that thought and knowledge are community efforts

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How One Memory Attaches to Another

A technical revolution provides insight into how the brain links memories, a process critical for understanding and organizing the world around us

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Designing the City of Tomorrow Today

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Are You a Magnet for Mosquitoes?

Researchers are studying the way twins smell for clues about the genetic basis of insect appeal

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Ask the Brains, Part 1: Experts Reveal 55 Mysteries of the Mind

People behave in strange ways. We sometimes giggle when someone falls down, swear we’ve been to places we haven’t or continue believing in something despite scientific evidence to the contrary. For…

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Wacky Florida’s Weird Science

Journalist Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times talks about his book, Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country.

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