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Protecting Public Health by Preventing Pollution

Protecting Public Health by Preventing Pollution

April 3, 2008

Growing up in Maine, Desirée Plata watched her grandmother suffer from illnesses that she suspected were related to trichloroethylene—a colorless…

Plumbing the Plume That Created Samoa

Plumbing the Plume That Created Samoa

November 20, 2007

Matthew Jackson began his journey to the center of the Earth on lonely gravel roads in Montana. Uninterested in motorcycles…

Eavesdropping on Whales' Mealtime Conversation

Eavesdropping on Whales’ Mealtime Conversation

August 9, 2007

Like a knife slicing through denim, the black dorsal fin broke the surface of the icy water quickly, and then…

What Does It Take To Break a Whale?

What Does It Take To Break a Whale?

June 20, 2007

The ship hit the whale with a force that snapped her 14-foot jawbone like a toothpick and left a 4-foot-long…

Current Events off Antarctica

Current Events off Antarctica

March 15, 2007

The scientific method can divert researchers down curious pathways. Human psychologists study mouse brains. Astrophysicists look for cosmic particles deep…

Young Pup Teaches an Old Robot New Tricks

Young Pup Teaches an Old Robot New Tricks

February 21, 2007

Mike Jakuba was still a year away from being born when scientists found vents on the seafloor that gushed hot,…

A Rare Glimpse Into the Ocean's Crust

A Rare Glimpse Into the Ocean’s Crust

November 6, 2006

About one and a half million years ago, a great hidden piece of the ocean’s crust uplifted and rotated, giving…

A Laser Light in the Ocean Depths

A Laser Light in the Ocean Depths

June 19, 2006

Graduate student Anna Michel is adapting laser technology to the murky fluid environment and crushing pressures at depths of 11,000 feet. The goal is to develop an instrument that can directly measure the many elements spewing from hydrothermal vents just as they emerge from Earth?s crust.

Graduate Student Discovers an Unusual New Species

Graduate Student Discovers an Unusual New Species

February 10, 2006

Sheri Simmons gets into the rugged wilderness as often as she can, backpacking in Newfoundland, the Sierras, the Adirondacks, and…

Scientific (and Surfing) Safari

Scientific (and Surfing) Safari

October 24, 2005

Eric Montie has a great tan, photos of huge waves taped above his computer, and a penchant for grabbing his short…