NYC Mice Are Packed with Pathogens

Rats. They’re a defining feature of life in New York City, rustling in trash bags, scurrying along the subway tracks—and becoming famous for occasionally eating pizza. But these urban vermin  may be less of a threat to human health than their smaller, cuter cousins—the city’s mice.     “They’re in your buildings, More...

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IKEA-Building Robot Conquers Touchy-Feely Challenge

Anyone who has spent an afternoon puzzling over an IKEA furniture kit will appreciate how tempting it would be to turn the project over to a robot. Fortunately the store’s complex self-assembly kits are something More...

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Diamonds in Meteorite May Come from a Lost Planet

In 2008, pieces of diamond encased in rock descended from space and landed in the Nubian Desert of Sudan. And, according to a new study, these meteorite crystals provide the first physical evidence of an ancient More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
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Including Some Activism With Your Earth Day Arts and Crafts

April 22nd will mark 48 years since the first Earth Day celebration. The nearly five decades have seen the event change, the focus shift, and the participation spread all over the globe. Local events at museums More...

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U.S. Environmental Group Wins Millions to Develop Methane-Monitoring Satellite

A US environmental group has been awarded tens of millions of dollars to develop a new satellite to help track—and ultimately, reduce—emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas facilities around More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
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What termites teach us about designing green buildings

Science & Technology What can termites teach us about designing green buildings? ByLeah BurrowsSEAS Communications DateApril 17, 2018April 17, 2018 Researchers from the Harvard John More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
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Mine Social Media Posts To Predict Flu

Hi, I’m Scientific American podcast editor Steve Mirsky. And here’s a short piece from the April issue of the magazine, in the section we call Advances: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Science, Technology More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
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The Unlikely Triumph of Dinosaurs

When I was a teenager at the turn of the millennium, right around the time I became smitten with fossils, the Field Museum in Chicago dismantled its Brachiosaurus and installed a Tyrannosaurus rex. In essence, More...

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Sustainability celebration marks Harvard’s accomplishments

Why did Harvard adopt its first science-based goal to reduce emissions 30 percent within 10 years? “Because it is the right thing to do.” Harvard Kennedy School Professor William Clark remembered President More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
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How To Reconcile With A Romantic Partner

We’ve all done it: forgotten an anniversary, left a mess in the kitchen, said something unkind about our in-laws, or offended our partners in some other way, even if unintentionally. To get out of the doghouse, More...