Science & Technology

NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using VIIRS data from Suomi NPP
Drought in Sub-Saharan Africa

For centuries drought has come and gone across northern sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years, water shortages have been m...

Self-Driving Tractors

There has been a lot of talk lately of self-driving cars, but farmers have already been making good use of self-driving tractors for more than a decade, due, in part, to a partnership between John Deere […]

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 […]

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Moon rock comes to Calvin museum

In what proved to be the biggest event for the Dice Mineralogical Museum since its dedication in 2012, the public recept...

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Modern physics clarifies Great Molasses Flood

Modern engineering techniques and physics equations unveiled the deadly phenomenon of the Great Molasses Flood, a molass...

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Margaret Hamilton, finally awarded presidential medal of freedom

Forty-seven years ago, humans first set foot on the Moon during the famous Apollo 11 mission. That success would not hav...

President Obama’s environmental legacy

President Barack Obama’s recent conservation efforts and his pledges to slow global climate change could leave behind a commitment to sustainability and environmental efficiency, but President-elect Donald Trump has promised to overturn Obama’s environmental legacy. Near […]

Unlike Arctic, Antarctic ice is growing

A new NASA study states that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began roughly 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers. According […]

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Melting sea ice threatens polar bears

Seasonal and annual decline in Arctic sea ice most affects polar bears, due to their reliance of sea ice for essential a...