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“Water” We Drinking?

Across the country, having access to safe drinking water is a public health concern. This concern especially impacts students, who often have limited control over their drinking water sources and lack the resources to conduct water quality testing. Given that studies have found contaminated drinking water in public schools from the elementary through high school levels in all fifty states,

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Wayfinding and Sustainability: A reflection on the 7th Annual Schneider Memorial Lecture

On the first Tuesday of February, I listened to a story of struggle, death, and extinction, of honor, heritage, and revival. The storyteller was Nainoa Thompson, a native Hawaiian navigator who led a worldwide voyage to bring dignity to his culture and build a worldwide network of people thinking about sustainability in our modern world. The evening began with a

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In the Nose of the Beholder: The connection between human scent and attraction

“No, I haven’t washed it yet. It probably smells disgusting. Here, take a sniff.” He hands me his jacket, which I hold to my nose. Disgusting? No, definitely not; more like delicious. You’ve probably experienced it before, when your significant other or someone you like smells so good even when they shouldn’t. But why does this happen? It’s in your genes

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Curing the Lovesick: Biological Anti-Love Interventions

As the phrase “lovesick” might suggest, love has the potential to cause as much damage to an individual’s physical and mental health as a clinical disease. For example, victims of domestic abuse often still feel deep emotional attachment to their partners, which in many cases prevents them from leaving the relationship. When discussing why she didn’t leave her husband after

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Where did they come from and where did they Galapa-go? The fascinating story of speciation in Bulimulid land snails

While the typical tourist travels 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador to catch a glimpse of the only penguin living north of the equator or the majestic waved albatross, I arrived with a different goal in mind: to find the tiny endemic land snails that are sprinkled across most of the Galapagos islands. Between 6 and 25mm in size,

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