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Whether inside the lab or in the community, graduate students and their research will be affected by federal budget cuts in more ways than one. Many federal agencies provide support for graduate students to conduct research. More importantly, these agencies often reward researchers for doing educational outreach. For example, the authors of this...

Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent’s northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts of the planet. Amid the warming of the last 50 years, the scientists found two different species of mosses undergoing the equivalent of growth spurts,...

Since the advent of the Fitbit and other step-counting activity trackers, most people have absorbed the idea that taking 10,000 steps a day is the benchmark for a healthy life. While scientists are usually leery of round numbers, there’s some good data to support that 10K target. Back in 2000, a Japanese team found walking 10,000 steps every day...

Researchers from across the globe have officially begun the process of imaging one of the most camera shy subjects in the galaxy: a black hole. Or, to be more specific, the edge of a black hole. The project, known as Event Horizons Telescope, started April 5 and will continue until Friday, April 14, with a team of scientists stationed in six...

closemore Federal prosecutors are investigating an asbestos-removal company active in the Boston area to see whether the firm withheld wages and benefits from workers, according to people familiar with the matter. The case is part of widening U.S. Justice Department activity and private civil action targeting asbestos-removal and demolition...

New England is likely to experience significantly greater warming over the next decade, and beyond, than the rest of the planet, according to new findings by climate scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The region’s temperatures are projected to rise by an average of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels by 2025,...

University of Massachusetts Amherst

 •  December 23, 2016

PhotoJason Henry for The New York Times The bottom line is it depends on the nutrient solution the vegetables are grown in, but hydroponically grown vegetables can be just as nutritious as those grown in soil. “Much as I think that soil is just great for growing plants, hydroponics has come a long way,” said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition,...

University of Massachusetts Amherst

 •  December 1, 2016

Bio based chemicals image via Shutterstock. Researchers from University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) have developed a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of common plastics, from biomass. P-xylene is currently produced from petroleum. A team of chemical engineering researchers that includes Prof Wei Fan, and...

University of Massachusetts Amherst

 •  November 15, 2016

Amassing ‘Reputational Capital’ Isenberg School Dean Mark Fuller When Mark Fuller became a candidate for dean of the Isenberg School of Business at UMass Amherst, he saw an institution that was, by his estimation, “solid, but underperforming.” That latter adjective no longer applies. Indeed, Isenberg has made a solid move in the rankings of public...

University of Massachusetts Amherst

 •  November 4, 2016

The Cornell Douglas Foundation, an environmental health and justice advocacy group based in Bethesda, Md., has named University of Massachusetts Amherst environmental health scientist Laura Vandenberg one of its 2016 Pearl Award winners in recognition of her “outstanding leadership in conducting critical research to identify and address the many...