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Big Questions About Tiny Bacteria

Big Questions About Tiny Bacteria

November 3, 2014

It’s 3 a.m., and Jesse McNichol is struggling to stay awake. Since midafternoon, he’s been in his lab, tending to…

Uncovering the Ocean's Biological Pump

Uncovering the Ocean’s Biological Pump

April 25, 2014

Dan Ohnemus clearly remembers the highlight of his fourth-grade class in Bourne, Mass. He and his classmates made a satellite…

Of The River and Time

Of The River and Time

March 26, 2014

The Fraser River in western Canada is flowing with tiny time capsules. Inside them is a fascinating history of Earth’s…

The Synergy Project, Part II

The Synergy Project, Part II

February 22, 2013

Back in my high school, and maybe yours too, kids naturally separated into cliques—jocks, punks, preppies, hippies, and at the…

The Synergy Project

The Synergy Project

February 15, 2013

Back in my high school, and maybe yours too, kids naturally separated into cliques—jocks, punks, preppies, hippies, and at the…

Groundwater: The River No One Sees

Groundwater: The River No One Sees

January 16, 2013
Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Oil Spills

Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Oil Spills

February 6, 2012

I don’t do San Francisco like most people. I skip the cable cars, Lombard Street, Alcatraz, and the fine restaurants…

On the Trail of Mercury in the Ocean

On the Trail of Mercury in the Ocean

February 1, 2012

I returned from Hawai’i in mid-December with 700 bottles of seawater. The bottles hold what I hope are solutions to…

Searching for Life on the Seafloor

Searching for Life on the Seafloor

December 28, 2011

Smaller than a fingernail, like bits of downy red feathers, baby tubeworms cling to a vertical wall towering alongside the…

Tracking an Elusive Chemical: Estrogens

Tracking an Elusive Chemical: Estrogens

December 2, 2011

On a crisp October morning, our small boat bobbed gently 10 miles offshore. The sun glinted off the dark blue…