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Mineral Spotlight: Dioptase

Dioptase is a mineral highly coveted by collectors for exhibiting one of the most intense blue-green colors seen in natu...

Left to right: Jackie Landon,
Wes Landon,
Andy McIntyre,
Jen Howell. Photo by Dena De Kryger.
Environmental science pros speak at panel

Four local professionals in environmental science spoke at a panel discussion at the Bunker Interpretive Center on Monda...

In addition to filtering pathogens, seagrass provides a habitat for young fish and food for marine life. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
Filtration capacity of seagrass meadows discovered

A recent study out of Cornell University focused on seagrass meadows in the Indo-Pacific  has given rise to a new envir...

With the help of the L'Chaim prize, Fader will be able to teach a new generation of surgeons. Photo courtesy CNN.
Alumni lauded for work in Burundi

Thousands of people in Kibuye, Burundi will receive desperately needed surgeries and medical care thanks to New York phi...

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Mineral spotlight: Autunite

Autunite is a wonderful mineral for several reasons. First and most obviously is the distinctive bright lime-green color...

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Lunar sample departs Dice Museum

After a 90-day stay in the Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum, the lunar sample on loan from NASA’s Lunar Collection will...

Mineral spotlight: Ice

It is about that time in the winter season when the warmth of the holidays has worn off, and those of us in Michigan are left with the cold and snow for a couple more months. […]

Doomsday clock moved up

Board members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists met recently to make a prediction. Their subject? The end of the world. The board — comprised of renowned physicists, environmental scientists and experts of national and […]

Mineral Spotlight: Pigeonite

Pigeonite is a common rock forming mineral that belongs to the pyroxene mineral group.  Pyroxenes are silicate minerals with varying amounts of calcium, iron and magnesium, and the pigeonite member has low calcium with relatively equal […]

Earthquake devastates Kaikoura, New Zealand

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand on Nov. 14, with the small, coastal town of Kaikoura receiving the maximum, highly destructive release of energy, affecting both residents and the abundant marine […]