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Biology | Climate problems engulfing us like a dust cloud

When you conduct fieldwork in the American Southwest, you come to understand dust storms.They first appear low on the horizon, then move closer and loom larger.  They eventually block the sun. The first winds finally hit you. Once they engulf you, the wind and sand and plant debris they carry buffet you.Often, though, only the gritty, yellow cloud of dust enveloping you reminds you that you’re in a dust storm.A yellow cloud of climate change is […]

Climate problems engulfing us like a dust cloud

When you conduct fieldwork in the American Southwest, you come to understand dust storms.They first appear low on the horizon, then move closer and loom larger.  They eventually block the sun. The first winds finally hit you. Once they engulf you, the wind and sand and plant debris they carry buffet you.Often, though, only the gritty, yellow cloud of dust enveloping you reminds you that you’re in a dust storm.A yellow cloud of climate change is upon us now. […]

Building the path to a woman on the moon

CLEVELAND — Every time an astronaut puts on an American spacesuit to conduct a spacewalk at the International Space Station, they pass through a portal installed in part by Janet Kavandi.It isn’t the only thing the former astronaut did that changed the work of her successors in space. After three missions to orbit, Kavandi moved into NASA administration, eventually overseeing how astronauts were selected. She is credited with adding fairness to a process that for the […]

Astronomy: Exciting discoveries await launch of James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope, described in my last column, is nearing completion and expected to be sent into space by 2021. It will replace the aging Hubble Space Telescope, which has made incredible scientific discoveries over the past three decades.Science questions that the JWST could answer include: What did the first galaxies look like? Do those galaxies cluster in the way predicted from theoretical models of the Big Bang, including dark matter and dark energy? The Nobel Prize […]

Former EPA official connected to loosening air pollution regs hired for new Ohio State post

A key member in the Trump administration who helped roll back air-quality regulations will begin a new job Monday at Ohio State University. Clint Woods, who previously worked as a senior appointee in the U.S. EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, will now be the director of strategic partnerships at the university’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. In his new role, Woods will help build external partnerships with the university.

Central Ohio a perfect place for venture capital firm Ikove, partners say

Ikove Capital Partners has a low profile, but the small venture capital firm is poised to make waves in the Columbus-area tech world.Ikove was founded in 2014 by a pair of Brazilian friends who saw a need to help connect research with capital. Flavio Lobato had just ended a venture and was thinking he’d move to Florida when Rodolfo Bellesi, an Ohio State University alumnus and friend since high school, contacted him about the rich research landscape presented by his alma mater. […]

Pediatric Research: Vaccines change the story for childhood illnesses

My son is learning to read. If you’ve had kids in early elementary school, you know that means reading books that come home in their backpacks.One night, it was a book about things that have spots. The dog has spots on his back, the giraffe has spots all over, and so on. I nearly dropped the book when the last page showed a smiling, shrugging child covered in spots. The text read: “But I’ve got measle spots EVERYWHERE!”Besides the obvious grammar issue (it should be […]

Two Ohio State graduate students part of MOSAiC expedition to study climate change in Arctic

Ohio State electrical engineering graduate students Brandi Downs and Oguz Demir are among 600 researchers and scientists on an international expedition who will spent two-month legs aboard the German icebreaker Polarstern lodged in Arctic ice, drifting with it toward the North Pole for a full year. They will use a wide-band radiometer to measure electromagnetic waves in sea ice to determine its thickness, temperature and other information.

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