Ruth Patrick’s Aquatic Pollution Revolution
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Ruth Patrick’s Aquatic Pollution Revolution

Science grad students are asked terrifying questions on the regular, but the very worst one comes from our moms.  It’s usually tacked onto an otherwise innocent conversation, when Mom will casually pause and say, “Honey, your latest oxygen flux data are truly fascinating!  By the way, have you met anyone lately?”  It’s enough to make … Continue reading

Warren County, NC: Birthplace of Environmental Justice
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Warren County, NC: Birthplace of Environmental Justice

Warren County, North Carolina, doesn’t seem the most likely place for the environmental justice movement to have started.  It’s a small, rural county northeast of Raleigh, and might have stayed just that if not for a decision to dump a toxic landfill in its midst in 1978.  The response of Warren County’s primarily black residents … Continue reading

Fish and Visitors Travel Faster in the Gulf Stream
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Fish and Visitors Travel Faster in the Gulf Stream

Are there any American historical figures more endearing than Ben Franklin?  Who else could pull off kite-flying in thunderstorms, pithy suggestions about pennies and early bedtimes, and “diplomacy” with the French (ladies), yet still appear affable and erudite?  Even today, Franklin seems to be winking out of portraits, encouraging the viewer to tick off some … Continue reading

Oceanography goes six feet under
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Oceanography goes six feet under

Whether you consider them centers of discovery or lairs of evil geniuses, you probably have some mental image of a scientific lab (or la-BOHR-atory, for you evil geniuses).  There’s the row of white coats, the cabinets of mysterious glass bottles, and, always, the machines.  Blinking and beeping, these instruments, as they are more formally known, … Continue reading