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Mar07

Not all drones are airborne

Northern Elephant Seal

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When most of us hear about drones, we look to the sky for aircraft.  But, another type of drone is patrolling the ocean around Antarctica, improving our understanding of ocean conditions in that remote corner of the world.  Several years ago, scientists began to mount instrument packs on the elephant seals that inhabit Antarctica. The instruments record conditions while the seals dive, and report them back via satellite when they come to the surface. (more…)

Oct04

An alarming connection between pesticides and Parkinson’s

Helicopter Spraying Wisconsin Corn Field With Pesticides

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Many pesticides interfere with the nervous transmission in insects, whereas herbicides often mimic the hormones that control growth and development in plants.  I suppose, in hindsight, we should have expected these chemicals to have some effects on humans as well. (more…)

Sep06

Daylighting buried rivers

Saw Mill River (Yonkers)

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For more than a hundred years, cities around the world have buried their streams and small rivers, routing the water into pipes and paving over the top.  But now, environmental research and the desire to revitalize our urban spaces have led to the reemergence of many of these urban waterways.  The process is called “daylighting.” (more…)

May10

Nature: It’s good for your brain

Nature

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In our technology-rich world, many of us spend far too much time looking at screens – from TVs and tablets to laptops and cell phones. This constant connectivity has led us to place a high value on skills that let us filter the onslaught of information. (more…)

Mar28

Wet spots have lasting value

Vernal Pools

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Each spring, after snowmelt, the landscape becomes dotted with pools of standing water. It’s easy to dismiss these wet spots as puddles, but they play a vital role in preventing flooding, protecting groundwater, and providing habitat to wildlife. (more…)

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