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Drought ‘that divided homes’ keeps hunger’s grip on Turkana

February 8, 2013

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TURKANA, Kenya--Droughts have become more frequent and longer over the last three decades. For the most vulnerable, like Ana Mana, the absence of rainfall means the constant threat of hunger.

‘Waste’ Fuels Scientists’ Efforts

February 3, 2013

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By Dipti Kumar, Michael Ruiz and Ansa Varughese--- For decades, the logistics of moving equipment and people to remote deserts hindered Richard and Meave Leakey’s paleoanthropological research. They needed a better way to hunt fossils.

Unraveling Environmental Issues with Genetics

December 20, 2012

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The tiny western flowered thrip is an insect as translucent as ale that looks like a cross between a grasshopper and a maggot.  But its small parenthesis-like size doesn’t fool farmers. It’s costing them millions of dollars as the bug chomps its way through hundreds of thousands of acres of fruits, vegetables and flowers in Southern and […]

Symposium Highlights Communicating Science

October 26, 2012

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By Samantha Olson and Ansa Varughese---Last month, in honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, Stony Brook University held its first ever Postdoc Research Symposium. The event attracted more than 135 attendees and featured oral presentations, a poster/networking session along with a keynote speaker. What made the symposium even more memorable was the theme of the event: communicating science to the public.

Restoring the Bobwhite

May 11, 2012

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The Northern Bobwhite quail flap their copper-colored wings and expand their speckled bellies to bellow out a distinct two-part whistle. If you listen closely, they sound like they’re calling “bob white.” These native birds were once popular game for hunters, but this year, the Department of Environmental Conservation has abridged its quail hunting grounds on […]

Team Social Media

December 13, 2010

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The New York “times” are changing, and for the better. Previously the coverage of the Times’ social media was attended by one staff member, notably Jennifer Preston (who will now become a full-time reporter), and last week they announced that an interactive news team will cover social media. Not only will the New York Times be able to share the responsibilities […]

Cord-Cutting

December 11, 2010

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TV subscription’s price tag has always been a problem for consumers.  The latest trend now is cord-cutting and according to Needham & Co. analyst Laura Martin, there are certain TV channels that should be available online in order for consumers to cut the cord for TV subscription. Many consumer groups want TV à la carte […]

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