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Why Sunflowers Are So Green for the Garden

Sunflowers are not the typical crop that newbie gardeners think of growing, but this might be a mistake. The fact of the matter is that sunflowers are really easy to care for, and they can also lend a notable hand…

Why Fine Dust Pollution Is so Difficult to Measure. And Why It Must Be Done Anyway. #2

Fine dust is like passive smoking: no one’s comfortable with it, but the exact effects are arguable. In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the results of recent medical studies. For Part 2, we’ll be looking at guidelines the…

Researchers tap rare pristine air to reveal pollution’s impact

Five years ago, researchers spent three hours packed aboard a steamy Gulfstream-1 research aircraft as it zig-zagged between pristine air over the Amazon rainforest and polluted air nearby. It was like a trip back (and forth) through time, as scientists…

Beware a glacier’s tongue

Glaciers extending into freshwater lakes can form long, submerged terraces that menacingly rise above the surface when icy chunks fall into the water. By using underwater sonar, researchers have found that a glacier jutting into a freshwater lake in southern…

When Your Land Is Stolen From Beneath Your Feet

From 1975 to 1979, millions of Cambodian families were murdered, starved, or displaced by the Khmer Rouge regime. The filmmaker Kalyanee Mam’s family was among those uprooted from their homeland. Recently, Mam traveled back to the country from which her…

The Immortals at the southern point of Europe

I heard about this group from visitors of the Island. Apart from the urban myths that they spread (and hitherto surrounded the group), I thought it’s something more fundamentally interesting. After a long delay, I was able to visit them…