Science & Technology

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History of the Calvin Observatory

Located up four flights of stairs, through a black locked gate and up a steep flight of metal rungs is the Calvin Colleg...

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DNA computer chip technology

DNA is the best, most efficient and most powerful memory storage unit we know of. All the data necessary to create an or...

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Mineral Spotlight: Dioptase

Dioptase is a gorgeous, intense green mineral that forms in desert regions as a secondary mineral. It has a hardness of ...

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Biochemist introduces veggie burger that “bleeds”

Vegetarian alternatives for hamburgers have recently been presented as healthier options. However, for many meat-lovers ...

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New frog species discovered in New York

The discovery of a new species of frog was confirmed last week in New York City. The urban leopard frog, Rana kauffeldi,...

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Mineral Spotlight: Calcite

Calcite is a common but spectacular mineral. Its formula is CaCO3, and it is a trigonal-rhombohedral mineral. This cryst...

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IBM: neural microchip technology

In the years since engineers first began making circuits using transistors (three-terminal devices made of a semi-conduc...

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The emerging science of biological antifreeze

As November approaches, antifreeze is making its way onto shopping lists across the Northern Hemisphere, but the substan...

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Understanding the Ebola Virus

Ebola was first recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976. Though the outbreaks are generally small, the ...

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Observatory Corner 10/25/2014

Hello everyone, and welcome back for another exciting edition of Observatory Corner for Friday, October 24! Weather fore...