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Science and Environment

Anna Cherkasova, editor

 

The sky is burning, the earth is melting

Most of us know that something called the greenhouse effect plays a major role in global warming, but do we know how it does this? In the short version: greenhouse gases trap the sun’s radiation, preventing the release of the sun’s heat into space and thus warming earth’s atmosphere. [More]


Oaks in California could shring by more than 50 percent because of the greenhouse effect.

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Earth Talk: Sea Sponges

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that some sponges used for cleaning and bathing are real sea sponges? If so, are they endangered by our using them? Which are more eco-friendly, real, or synthetic? —Lin Heidt, Canmore, Alberta [More]


Sea sponges

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OI's Nutritional Bio-Chemistry Laboratory

“You are what you eat.” This is true for fish and shrimp as well as the people who eat them. However, knowing what foods contain requires scientific analysis. The staff of OI’s Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory, Dr. Zhi Yong Ju and Ms. Lytha Conquest, use high-tech equipment, such as the High Performance Liquid Chromatograph and the Gas Chromatograph, to measure the nutritional components of fish and shrimp grown at OI, as well as the food they eat. [More]


Lytha Conquest and Zhi Yong Ju.

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