Oct. 02, 2013

Like That Wine? You Might Thank an Earth Scientist

by Eli Chen

Geologist Kevin Pogue helps winemakers pick out top vineyards based on the region’s terroir, which entails environmental attributes such as soil, climate, and rock composition.

wine, terroir, vintner, kevin pogue, walla walla, washington
Jun. 24, 2013

The Human Brain, Ready for Its Close-up

by Eli Chen

Researchers have created the most detailed three-dimensional brain model to date.

bigbrain, brain initiative, human connectome, allen institute
Aug. 08, 2012

A Curious View at Times Square

by Eli Chen

On a slightly rainy Sunday night, a crowd began to form in Times Square, setting up lawn chairs and camping out on the pavement to gaze up at the screen at the very top of One Times Square. But the screen not only drew tourists--that night, as the Mars rover Curiosity descended toward the red planet, Times Square became a magnet for space fanatics.

Mars, Curiosity, rover, NASA, space, public, Times Square
Jul. 20, 2012

Tapping into the Antarctic Beat

by Eli Chen

When musical composer and instrument builder Cheryl Leonard first arrived at the Palmer Station in Antarctica, she felt immersed in a plethora of sound, ranging from the bellowing of elephant seals to the crash of glaciers that were shaking off sheets of ice.

Cheryl Leonard, ice, Antarctica, music, instruments
Jul. 13, 2012

Cave Find May Add 2,000 Years to Pottery Timeline

by Eli Chen

Pottery pieces recently unearthed from a cave in China have pushed back the time when humans began developing tools for food production, study says.

cave, pottery, anthropology, archaeology, China, diet, food production
Jul. 06, 2012

What Does a 'Silent Spring' Sound Like?

by Eli Chen

Symphony composer Steven Stucky has created a musical tribute to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.

Rachel Carson, Steven Stucky, Pittsburgh Symphony, environment, pollution, music, book club
Jun. 28, 2012

Catching Up with Conrad Anker

by Eli Chen

In 1963, James "Big Jim" Whittaker planted an American flag at the summit of Mount Everest, marking the first American ascent. Nearly 50 years later, National Geographic explorer Conrad Anker set out to retrace Whittaker’s historic route up the mountain--and worked to solve some scientific mysteries along the way.

Conrad Anker, Mount Everest, climbing, geology, mountains, health
Jun. 05, 2012

Bluefin Tuna Carry Fukushima Radiation from Japan to California

by Eli Chen

Pacific bluefin tuna caught off the California coast are carrying radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, according to a new study published in The Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.

radiation, fish, bluefin tuna, marine biology, oceans, ocean life, Fukushima

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