Environmental Science

Death to Mosquitoes

Sep 10, 2020

By Riya Gohil You probably think mosquitoes are a nuisance and wish they didn’t exist, but is wiping out whole mosquito populations really a good idea? Earlier this summer, Oxitec, a biotech company, received approval from the EPA to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida and Texas. Oxitec aims to reduce disease carrying mosquitoes that cause […]

The Bionic Mushroom – A New Superhero?

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By Rachel Cherney   A fungus among us can now produce electricity with the help of cyanobacteria – a certain species of microbe. You read that right, scientists in New Jersey have harnessed nature’s diversity to generate bionic, electricity producing, mushrooms. Microbes, microscopic single-celled organisms, can produce a variety of materials and functions that are […]

Nature’s Methods for Surviving Winter

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By Allyson Roberts Fall is finally upon us, bringing colder temperatures and the holiday season. Fall also brings beautiful scenery—the rainbow of colors seen as leaves begin to transform and fall from their branches. Not surprisingly, this phenomenon—and the reasoning behind why only some leaves change color—is easily described by cool, natural science! You may […]

The Toxicologist

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By Eva Vitucci Over 500 years ago, a man named Paracelsus stirred up the world of medicine. At that time the main belief was when an individual became sick it was because fluids in their body, such as their blood or bile, became imbalanced. Paracelsus was one of the first people to propose and support […]

Getting into a cycle of recycling

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By Kelsey Gray In elementary school, I always looked forward to enjoying some Sunny Delight orange juice when my mom picked me up from school. One day, rather than tossing the empty bottle into the trash, I told my mom we needed to save it. When she seemed a little confused, I explained that we […]