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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Can renewables replace nuclear, other energy sources?

On the New York Times Economix blog, Nancy Folbre, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, argues that renewable energy sources like wind and solar could replace other energy sources, especially nuclear energy. Folbre draws on a 2009 Scientific …
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A shout-out for the LSST from two presidents

President Barack Obama and the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, gave a shout-out to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project on Monday. A joint statement issued after a working meeting between the two heads of state declared: …
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A fourth branch of life?

The Tree of Life has three great branches: the eukaryotes, including all plants, animals, fungi, and single-celled creatures like malaria parasites and amoebae. There are the prokaryotes, or bacteria. And there are the Archaea, a group of single-celled organisms divergent …
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Mystery of teen brains headlines Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week kicks off March 12 with a series of activities including visits to local schools by graduate students and researchers, a stall at the Davis Farmer’s Market, and a public lecture on the teenage brain. Amanda Guyer, assistant …
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Geological record holds clues to modern climate change, experts say

The distant past could hold clues to how the Earth’s future climate would respond in an environment with high levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases, says a new report from the National Research Council. The report, written by a committee chaired …
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