Science & Technology

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Mother’s gut microbiota influences her offspring’s immune system

Infectious diseases are the leading cause of childhood mortality in the world. According to an article published by John...

Artist's rendition of the TRAPPIST-1 system.
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Potentially habitable planets identified, dwarfing previous discoveries

Alien life might be closer than we originally thought. A nearby red dwarf star, named TRAPPIST-1 after the telescope obs...

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Student-led science and religion forum looks to open dialogue

A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperform the majo...

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Mineral Spotlight: Trinitite

No substance on Earth better represents humanity’s incredible power over the Earth more than trinitite. Trinitite is n...

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Apple’s revenue drops, company blames rotten iPhone sales

For the first time in over a decade, Apple Inc. saw a quarterly revenue drop. Stock prices fell by 8 percent, and sales ...

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Amazon coral reef amazes scientists

A reef discovered at the mouth of the Amazon River is muddying scientists’ conceptions of those rare underwater commun...

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Observatory Corner: Space Weather

When we picture an astronomer at work, we normally think of someone staying up at an observatory till the wee hours of t...

Galena. Photo by Flickr user “James St. John”
Mineral Spotlight: Galena

Galena is by far the most abundant ore of lead and has been smelted for centuries to produce this soft, versatile metal....

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Just how dangerous is lead?

While Michiganders and anyone paying attention to the news lately know about the dangers of lead, it is probably less we...

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Planet-finding telescope survives mysterious scare

After a brief scare, the Kepler spacecraft is running safely once more. The scare came on April 7 during a scheduled con...