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May 2018

Mexico City Doomed By Its Geology To More Earthquakes : The Two-Way : NPR

Mexico City Doomed By Its Geology To More Earthquakes : The Two-Way : NPR

Rescue workers search for earthquake survivors in Mexico City on Wednesday. Miguel Tovar/AP hide captiontoggle caption Miguel Tovar/AP Rescue workers search for earthquake survivors in Mexico City on Wednesday. Miguel Tovar/AP In Mexico City and surrounding areas, rescuers are still searching for casualties and survivors of Tuesday's earthquake. More than…

The Fight Against Ginseng Poaching in the Great Smoky Mountains

The Fight Against Ginseng Poaching in the Great Smoky Mountains

This winter, amid the news of the FBI’s arrest of the remaining occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon, another story unfolded more quietly in the Appalachians. At the heart of it were a small plant that plays a significant role in eastern mountain forests - American ginseng -…

The Strike That Brought MLK to Memphis

The Strike That Brought MLK to Memphis

July in Memphis: You need a way to keep cool. At 10:30 a.m. it’s 88 degrees but feels hotter; by 4 p.m., when the crew is done, it will be 94 degrees. Mike Griffin wears a long-sleeved T-shirt under his fluorescent green vest and, under that, a wet towel around…

When Robots Take All of Our Jobs, Remember the Luddites

When Robots Take All of Our Jobs, Remember the Luddites

Is a robot coming for your job?The odds are high, according to recent economic analyses. Indeed, fully 47 percent of all U.S. jobs will be automated “in a decade or two,” as the tech-employment scholars Carl Frey and Michael Osborne have predicted. That’s because artificial intelligence and robotics are becoming…

The Painstaking Process of Preserving a 400-Pound Blue Whale Heart

The Painstaking Process of Preserving a 400-Pound Blue Whale Heart

In 2014, the carcass of a female blue whale washed ashore off the coast of Rocky Harbour, a town in western Newfoundland, Canada. The discovery quickly garnered headlines worldwide as locals scrambled to figure out what to do with the massive mammal that suddenly showed up on their doorstep. (It…

Purple power: Synthetic ‘purple membranes’ transform sunlight to hydrogen fuel — ScienceDaily

Purple power: Synthetic ‘purple membranes’ transform sunlight to hydrogen fuel — ScienceDaily

The researchers' technique, reported in ACS Nano as a "synthetic purple membrane," is an important step toward producing clean fuels that can help solve global energy challenges.These synthetic purple membranes contain tiny discs of organic compounds called lipids, human-made proteins and semiconducting nanoparticles that, when taken together, can transform sunlight…

Geology, art and music meet in May Day performance

Geology, art and music meet in May Day performance

The presentations by geology students were interspersed with piano performances.Photo by Emma Gilshannon.Geology, art and music worked in tandem at an event on Tuesday, May 1 hosted by representatives of all three disciplines titled, “Water and Time: Contemplating environmental change through music, art and geology.”The event was put together as…

Collapse of European ice sheet caused chaos in past — ScienceDaily

Collapse of European ice sheet caused chaos in past — ScienceDaily

Scientists have reconstructed in detail the collapse of the Eurasian ice sheet at the end of the last ice age. The big melt wreaked havoc across the European continent, driving home the original Brexit 10,000 years ago.Read More

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