Science & Technology

A coronal mass ejection. Photo By Flickr user "NASA Goddard Space flight Center"
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...

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Brains on LSD light up British scientists’ scanners

“This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs.” Most American students and faculty will remember this saying, acc...

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Sound grenades developed to prevent assault

A new sound-based personal safety device has spread to over 100 campuses around the country. Colleges from all over the ...

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Rapid sea level rise attributed to melting Antarctica

These words, sung by King George III in the musical “Hamilton,” are in reference to the newly freed United States. H...

J. Craig Venter, lead scientist on the study. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Scientists spawn simple cell

Scientists are taking the Stoic prescription of simplification to whole new levels, specifically, the cellular level. On...

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Arctic sea ice at a new low

Arctic sea ice cover was at its lowest extent on record this winter, scientists are reporting. Scientists at the Nationa...

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Mineral Spotlight: Cinnabar

Cinnabar has been mined for thousands of years as it is the main ore of mercury. Its name is derived from the Arabic wor...