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What Happens When Wood Burns?

Science | February 19, 2015

What Happens When Wood Burns?

What happens when wood burns? In this animated explainer, learn about the chemistry of combustion.

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The Keeling Curve Explained

Science | February 18, 2015

The Keeling Curve Explained

The Keeling Curve is one of the most compelling pieces of scientific evidence that shows that carbon dioxide (CO2) is accumulating in our atmosphere. Click on the red circles in the interactive to learn more about the Keeling Curve, which plots CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere over time.

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Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos?

Science | February 17, 2015 | 74 Comments

Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos?

The UK recently voted to authorize mitochondrial DNA modification, which has been dubbed the “three-person embryo” law. Should we modify DNA in human eggs or embryos in order to prevent disease?

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Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Science | February 13, 2015

Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Vi Rapp is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and focuses her research on improving combustion systems. One aspect of her work is designing cleaner, more efficient cookstoves. Watch this video to learn more about Vi Rapp.

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What Are Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?

Science | February 11, 2015

What Are Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?

Climate change is primarily caused by the accumulation of greenhouse gases, or heat-trapping gases, in the atmosphere. Click on the touch icons in the interactive to see sources of the main greenhouse gases.

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Should Cold Sufferers Wear Masks? Students Weigh In

Science | February 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

Should Cold Sufferers Wear Masks? Students Weigh In

Keep your tissues handy, it’s cough/cold season! On average, millions of Americans suffer from the common cold 2-3 times per year. View what students had to say when asked, Should cold sufferers wear medical masks to help prevent spreading germs? Would you wear one the next time you have a cold?

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Evidence of Global Warming

Science | February 4, 2015

Evidence of Global Warming

Scientists around the globe have noticed that over the last 40 years Earth, as a whole, has been warming. This phenomenon, known as global warming, is affecting regional climates differently. View this interactive graphic to learn about its effects.

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When Should Animals Be Used for Research or Industry Testing?

Science | February 3, 2015 | 53 Comments

When Should Animals Be Used for Research or Industry Testing?

Animal testing in scientific and commercial research has a long and controversial history. When do you think animals should be used for research or industry testing, if ever?

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Career Spotlight: Earth System Scientist and Terrestrial Ecologist

Science | January 28, 2015

Career Spotlight: Earth System Scientist and Terrestrial Ecologist

Meet Jennifer Holm, an Earth system scientist and terrestrial ecologist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She uses climate models to study how forests are changing as a result of climate change and how that may impact the future climate.

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Is It Ethical to Colonize Mars? Students Weigh In

Science | January 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

Is It Ethical to Colonize Mars? Students Weigh In

Last month students were asked whether or not it is ethical to colonize Mars via the Mars One mission. In the year 2024, four individuals will leave Earth on a one-way trip to Mars. Every two years after that, four more individuals will join them, beginning the colonization of Mars. Research shows that Mars has […]

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