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Portraits of a planetFor centuries, we could glimpse the curvature of Earth from mountain peaks but the only way to ‘see’ our planet whole was through globes and maps. Then our world view changed. Not long after the end of the Second World War, scientists began experimenting with captured German…

UMass Amherst geoscientist wins high national honor

UMass Amherst geoscientist wins high national honor

The American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Focus Group announced this week that it has chosen Isaac Larsen, assistant professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, to receive the Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award for 2017. It recognizes a young scientist 'for making a…

The Invention of Vintage Clothing

The Invention of Vintage Clothing

In a culture obsessed with novelty, shopping and fashion, wearing used clothing purchased at thrift stores and flea markets carries a certain anti-capitalist cachet.In the 1960s and 1970s, groups including the San Francisco Diggers, Vietnam War protesters and radical feminists all advocated the political use of re-use to buck the system. This…

Appalled by the Illegal Trade in Elephant Ivory, a Biologist Decided to Make His Own

Appalled by the Illegal Trade in Elephant Ivory, a Biologist Decided to Make His Own

When male elephants do battle, they clash at high speeds, locking their tusks together in a show of strength. These elongated incisor teeth are so strong that their wielders often use them to wrestle and fling each other to the ground. But tusks aren’t only for inflicting harm; outside of battle,…

One Girl’s Mishap Led to the Creation of the Antibiotic Bacitracin

One Girl’s Mishap Led to the Creation of the Antibiotic Bacitracin

One day in May of 1943 seven-year-old Margaret Treacy was playing ball near her home in Upper Manhattan when she was hit by an ice truck. She broke a leg so badly the shinbone pierced the skin. The wound became infected, and Treacy ended up at Presbyterian Hospital, where a…

Where RFK Was Killed, a Diverse Student Body Fulfills His Vision for America

Where RFK Was Killed, a Diverse Student Body Fulfills His Vision for America

His fight may have been cut short before they were born, but he would have recognized the struggles they face: the children of janitors and gardeners, dishwashers and security guards, Mexican, Salvadoran, Korean, Filipino, their adolescent yearnings and hardships percolating through the most densely populated corner of Los Angeles. Shortly…

How Sunscreen Protects Your Skin’s DNA

How Sunscreen Protects Your Skin’s DNA

Not so long ago, people like my Aunt Muriel thought of sunburn as a necessary evil on the way to a “good base tan.” She used to slather on the baby oil while using a large reflector to bake away. Aunt Muriel’s mantra when the inevitable burn and peel appeared:…

How Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers Came to the Smithsonian

How Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers Came to the Smithsonian

On a spring day in 1970, as MGM studios was clearing out its famous backlot property in Culver City in advance of its sale to a developer, a costumes worker named Kent Warner slipped into the deep storage on the third floor. He crept up the stairs to the lady’s…

Structures of the calcium-activated, non-selective cation channel TRPM4

Structures of the calcium-activated, non-selective cation channel TRPM4

Altmetric: 38 Article Structures of the calcium-activated, non-selective cation channel TRPM4Jiangtao Guo1, 2n1, Ji She1, 2n1, Weizhong Zeng1, 2, 3, Qingfeng Chen1, 2, 3, Xiao-chen Bai2, 4 & Youxing Jiang1, 2, 3AbstractTRPM4 is a calcium-activated, phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate (PtdIns(4,5)P2) -modulated, non-selective cation channel that belongs to the family of melastatin-related transient receptor potential…

Trump budget would slash science programmes across government : Nature News & Comment

Trump budget would slash science programmes across government : Nature News & Comment

Shawn Thew/EPA/REX/ShutterstockThe White House budget plan could face a rocky reception in Congress.US President Donald Trump released a revised budget plan on 23 May that would slash science spending across the federal government in 2018. Biomedical, public-health and environmental research programmes are among those that would be pared back.Those cuts,…

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