COP 21: The Upcoming U.N. Climate Summit in Paris

A potentially historic U.N. Climate Change Summit will take place later this month in Paris. Negotiators from nearly 200 nations will gather in the city on the 30th November, which will mark the start of two weeks of talks aimed at securing a global agreement to reduce climate pollution. The overall aim of the talks […]

Tiny Robots Could Suck Carbon Dioxide from the Oceans

Tiny machines, smaller than the width of a single human hair, have been designed at the University of California, San Diego, that could be used to rid the oceans of carbon dioxide pollution, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. The team of researchers, led by distinguished nanoengineering professor and chair Joseph Wang, have […]

Internships: A Sky Full of Stars

John Weaver has been working at the Maria Mitchell Observatory under a national research scheme through the US National Science Foundation and he’s ready to update us on his internship! Boy, has the time gone by! While the mainstay of my internship has wrapped up as of August, I am happy to report on my […]

China and US Reach Historic Climate Change Agreement

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have both set new climate change goals for their countries after they met in Beijing earlier this week. The two countries are currently the highest contributors to greenhouse gases and combined produce about 45% of the world’s carbon dioxide.[1] Barack Obama has set a goal for […]

Breaking News: NASA Antares Rocket Explodes on Takeoff

Last night, on the 28th October 2014 at 22:22 UTC, the latest NASA Antares rocket exploded on takeoff from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Being described as a ‘catastrophic anomaly’ by NASA, the cause of the failure is not yet known. It was an unmanned mission and reports indicate there were no casualties despite […]

Wolves on the Prowl in Paris

Despite being hunted to extinction in France in the 1920s, a small population has grown in the country after they crept back from Italy a decade ago and two wolves were recently spotted just 40 miles outside of Paris.[1] Recent data estimates around 300 wolves currently reside in France, spread into 25 packs across the French Alps. […]

Jaws: The Deadly Myth

We have all seen, or at least heard of, the famous thriller/horror film Jaws. It induced nightmares and possibly a hatred of sharks in the general public, so that today people still seem to think that these sleek predators are terrifying, prolific man-eaters that Jaws portrays them to be. I think it is high time people understood the truth. Recently […]

The First of Four Blood Moons…

  As many of you may know, early on Tuesday morning, stargazers in America and the Pacific were blessed with a rare celestial event – a blood moon, or total lunar eclipse. The first of a lunar tetrad – four consecutive total lunar eclipses, each separated by six lunar months. The next are due to […]

Revealing the first years of baby sea turtles

The first few years of a loggerhead sea turtle’s life are one of the most mysterious and unobserved events in marine biology. Scientists have called these the “lost years” and only after a painstaking collation of multiple pieces of evidence were they beginning to piece together this sea turtle jigsaw puzzle. Ship observations, brick-sized satellite tags […]

Preparing for Take Off

Katie prepares herself for her relocation to Shanghai.

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