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Article ID: 527384

Peering into the Pillars of Creation

Chandra X-ray Observatory

A new look at the famous "Pillars of Creation" with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has allowed astronomers to peer inside the dark columns of gas and dust. This penetrating view of the central region of the Eagle Nebula reveals how much star formation is happening inside these iconic structures.

Released:
15-Feb-2007 2:20 PM EST

Article ID: 527244

Roses are Red, Can Chocolate Be Green?

Earthwatch Institute

America has a taste for chocolate, but at what environmental and social cost to tropical countries where cacao is grown? Earthwatch volunteers working in the forests of Belize this summer will investigate how cacao farming can rescue the environment and economy of this tropical paradise.

Released:
12-Feb-2007 9:05 AM EST

Article ID: 526546

Maryland Exhibit Shows Radios were the Plasma TVs of their Day

University of Maryland, College Park

Radio was the Plasma TV of its day in the 1920s and 30s. Everyone wanted one but few could afford them to start - until market forces stepped in to make them cheaper, and easier to use. The programming was definitely homebrew to start but was taken over by national networks and well-known entertainers. An exhibit by the University of Maryland's Library of American Broadcasting looks at "When Radio Entered the Home."

Released:
13-Jan-2007 6:00 AM EST

Pop Culture

Article ID: 525995

First Heifer Born at Nation's First University Organic Dairy

University of New Hampshire

The first organic female calf was born Dec. 12, 2006 at the nation's first university organic research dairy farm. The calf will be named by the highest bidder on an auction on eBay, with proceeds from the auction funding the UNH organic dairy project.

Released:
14-Dec-2006 5:30 PM EST

Education

Article ID: 525918

Teens Snorkel for Science in the Bahamas

Earthwatch Institute

A team of teenage volunteers will explore the changing ecology of coral reefs in the Bahamas this summer, part of an Earthwatch-supported research project led by John Rollino of Earth Tech. Inc. This vital research on coral decline is featured in A Year on Earth, a new TV documentary about teens making a difference by participating in scientific research, to air on Animal Planet, Earth Day, April 22, at 6:00 p.m.. (VIDEO EMBEDDED)

Released:
13-Dec-2006 6:20 AM EST

Article ID: 525532

Teams Explore Roots of Angkor Civilization

Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch teams working with Dr. Charles Higham of University of Otago are unearthing surprises about the indigenous origins of Southeast Asia's most illustrious empire. Excavations in Thailand are featured in the TV documentary, A Year On Earth, on Discovery Kids Channel December 3 and 10.

Released:
29-Nov-2006 4:00 AM EST

Article ID: 525519

Technology Predicts Outcome of Child Heart Surgery

Georgia Institute of Technology

Researchers have developed an innovative new technology that will help pediatric cardiac surgeons design and test a customized surgical procedure before they ever pick up a scalpel. With a better understanding of each child's unique heart defect, surgeons could greatly improve the likelihood that children with complex defects requiring multiple surgeries over a period of several years could have smoother recoveries and an improved quality of life after their operations.

Released:
28-Nov-2006 1:50 PM EST

Article ID: 525445

Could Global Warming Be Crushing Blow to Crocodiles?

Earthwatch Institute

Rising temperatures may disrupt gender balance among reptile populations, says Earthwatch-supported crocodile researcher Dr. Alison Leslie of University of Stellenbosch. Her comments came during the filming of A Year on Earth, premiering this week on Discovery Kids Channel.

Released:
27-Nov-2006 12:00 AM EST

Article ID: 525334

Meet Me at the Fair... Digitally!

University of Maryland, College Park

Who doesn't love a world's fair? Now, thanks to a five year effort at the University of Maryland, researchers and world's fair afficianados can go online to see photos and other parts of the Architecture Library's "Treasury of World's Fair Art and Architecture." It's just one of many new digital collections the university has been hard at work on.

Released:
16-Nov-2006 3:15 PM EST

Arts and Humanities

Article ID: 525156

Lesser Flamingos Find Refuge at Kenyan Lake

Earthwatch Institute

For the first time, Lake Oloidien has attracted thousands of lesser flamingos, a near-threatened species hard hit by recent die-offs. Earthwatch-supported scientist Dr. David Harper (University of Leicester) and colleagues, who have been researching the lake ecology of Kenya's Rift Valley for almost two decades, are investigating the die-offs at nearby lake Bogoria. (VIDEO EMBEDDED)

Released:
13-Nov-2006 12:00 AM EST

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