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Mineral spotlight: Ice

Daniel Blakemore

February 3, 2017

Filed under Science & Technology

It is about that time in the winter season when the warmth of the holidays has worn off, and those of us in Michigan are left with the cold and snow for a couple more months. Roads and walkways remain slippery, and the air is...

Doomsday clock moved up

Jon Gorter

February 3, 2017

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Board members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists met recently to make a prediction. Their subject? The end of the world. The board — comprised of renowned physicists, environmental scientists and experts of national and glo...

Mineral Spotlight: Pigeonite

Daniel Blakemore

January 11, 2017

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Pigeonite is a common rock forming mineral that belongs to the pyroxene mineral group.  Pyroxenes are silicate minerals with varying amounts of calcium, iron and magnesium, and the pigeonite member has low calcium with relatively...

Earthquake devastates Kaikoura, New Zealand

Sadie Burgher

January 11, 2017

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A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand on Nov. 14, with the small, coastal town of Kaikoura receiving the maximum, highly destructive release of energy, affecting both residents and the abundant marine...

Modern physics clarifies Great Molasses Flood

Dena De Kryger

December 2, 2016

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Modern engineering techniques and physics equations unveiled the deadly phenomenon of the Great Molasses Flood, a molasses wave that smothered part of Boston nearly a century ago. On January 15, 1919, 2.3 million gallons o...

President Obama’s environmental legacy

Dena De Kryger

November 18, 2016

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President Barack Obama’s recent conservation efforts and his pledges to slow global climate change could leave behind a commitment to sustainability and environmental efficiency, but President-elect Donald Trump has promised...

Israeli scientists make breakthrough in HIV cure

Victor Lynde

November 11, 2016

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Last week Israeli scientists announced that they have made a breakthrough on a cure for HIV and AIDS. Professors Abraham Loyter and Assaf Friedler of Hebrew University in Jerusalem have developed a drug they believe will lead...

Colonization of Mars projected within a decade

Dena De Kryger

November 11, 2016

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Colonization of Mars is projected to occur within our lifetime, according to National Geographic and Mars One. Not only has National Geographic made a visit to the Red Planet possible through a virtual reality experience, t...

Mineral spotlight: corundum

Daniel Blakemore

November 11, 2016

Filed under Science & Technology

Better known from its colored varieties, ruby and sapphire, corundum is a highly appealing mineral for both decorative and industrial use. The bright, deep colors along with its rarity and high hardness has made it an excellent...

The science behind exploding hoverboards

Lauren Cole

November 5, 2016

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Perhaps you have heard the stories of hoverboards and the Samsung Note 7 spontaneously exploding or catching on fire. The reason for the malfunction in these two products is the same: they both use a lithium-ion battery. Unfortunately,...

Nanotechnology: machines on the molecular scale

Dena De Kryger

November 5, 2016

Filed under Science & Technology

“How small can you make machinery?” physicist Richard Feynman challenged the scientific community in 1984, according to “Wall Street Daily.” Feynman had conceived the concept of nanotechnology twenty-five years earlier,...