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Wednesday
Jul052017

Photo credit: Ted Wood/The Story GroupWarning: Oil and gas development may be hazardous to your health

As more people find themselves living near oil and gas wells, scientists scramble to fully understand the health risks.

Boulder Weekly,  May 18, 2017

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Friday
Feb172017

 

Cultivate the Muse

Creative writing can enrich scientists’ research.

Nature542, 381-383, February 16, 2017  

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Thursday
Jan122017

Extreme Survival: Managing the Deadly Cold

Simple steps reduce risk of frostbite and hypothermia — so let the freezing fun begin.

Science News for Students,  January 12, 2017  Link

Monday
Sep192016

Wastewaster is Key to Reducing Nitrogen Pollution

Upgrading wastewater treatment plants can dramatically reduce a municipality’s nitrogen footprint

Scientific American, June 2, 2016   Link

Tuesday
Sep292015

Can Bats Reduce Nut Farmers’ Pesticide Use?

Ecologist Katherine Ingram is on a quest to quantify the economic benefit of insect-eating bats in walnut orchards.

Ensia,  September 21, 2015   Link

Thursday
Sep102015

Coming to a Mine Near You: Why Another Toxic Spill is Inevitable

 Hundreds of hard-rock mines similar to the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado are disasters waiting to happen. It’s time for a serious overhaul of the 1872 mining law.

 Men’s Journal, August 20, 2015     Link

Tuesday
Sep082015

New Math: Fail + Fail Again = Real Learning

 Teachers increasingly urge students to risk failing as a route to ultimate success.

 Science News for Students (teachers’ version), August 4, 2015

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Sunday
Jun282015

To Really Learn, Fail — Then Fail Again!

That ‘error’ in trial-and-error learning can be the ticket to learning well —and having fun.

Science News For Students, June 5, 2015  

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Monday
Feb092015

Renewables v. Reindeer

As public pressure builds to rid the Arctic of oil and gas development, proponents of renewable energy are being vilified as green colonialists by indigenous Sami people, especially reindeer herdsmen. Can Arctic clean energy be socially sustainable?

Beacon, February 4, 2015   Link

Monday
Feb092015

Conservation's New Math

Trying to figure out which landscapes will be most hospitable to a diverse mix of wild plants and animals as the climate warms is a Herculean task. Some scientists are betting that geology holds the ticket to biodiversity.

Beacon, January 16, 2015  Link

Monday
Nov172014

Making Green Building Mainstream

No longer a luxury, green architecture is meeting the looming challenges of population growth and climate change.

Beacon  November 12, 2014

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Thursday
Oct232014

When Climate Change Comes After Even the Most Common Species

The northern bobwhite quail offers a window into efforts by scientists to protect landscapes, not just individual species.

PBS NewsHour  October 13, 2014   Link 

This article originally was published on Beacon Reader as part of the Bracing For Impact project.   Link

Thursday
Oct232014

The Dream Investor 

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel attempts to disrupt conventional education with his 20 Under 20 Fellowship.

Popular Science  September 14, 2014

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Thursday
Oct232014

The Fish That Could Save Antarctica

The Ross Sea, and the Antarctic toothfish, hang in the balance

Popular Science  June 9, 2014

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Wednesday
Feb192014

Photo: Susan MoranTag, you're it

Advances in radio and satellite tagging unveil the secret lives of animals

Science New for Students  February 19, 2014

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