Science & Technology

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Controversial Chinese embryo study spurs ethical debate

The age of “designer babies” may be fast approaching. On April 18, 2015, Chinese scientists published their reports ...

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New study suggests 60 percent of large herbivores in danger of extinction

Elephants, hippos, great apes and tapirs — the animals frolicking in our childhood coloring and picture books, may soo...

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Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations reach unprecedented level

Average global concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) this March, according ...

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E-waste poses difficulties to developing nations

When Apple releases a new iPhone, hundreds of people line up to replace their “old” phone. But for all the hype surr...

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Study explores the role of bacteria in circadian rhythms

People have been aware for decades of the harmful effects that some species of bacteria have had on human health. Today,...

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Mineral Spotlight: Alabaster

For the last Spotlight of the year, I thought I would venture into the folklore of minerals, focusing on the ancient use...

Photos by Juan Guayasamin and Lucas Bustamante, respectively, courtesy of the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.
Texture-morphing frog discovered in Ecuador

In a paper published in late March, researchers identified a new frog species along with a new way of considering verteb...

"This map shows the tracks of all Tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic Ocean from 1980 to 2005. The points show the locations of the storms at six-hourly intervals and use the color scheme shown above from Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale."--Wikimedia Commons user Nilfanion. Photo by the National Hurricane Center.
New model improves hurricane predictions

In late March, a team at the University of Arizona developed a better model for predicting the number of hurricanes in t...

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Tornadoes ravage northern Illinois

A violent tornado touched down in northern Illinois on Thursday, April 9, roughly 80 miles west of Chicago, leaving many...

Photo by Terry Wallace
Mineral Spotlight: Diamonds, Sapphires and Proustite

Okay people, spring is here so I thought, “What better to do with this column than to talk about gemstones?” This is...