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Like most of us, trees don't want to be eaten alive. To prevent this gruesome fate, they developed extremely tough cell walls around 400 million years ago. For millions of years, nothing could break down lignin, the strongest substance in those cell walls. When a tree died, it just sank into the swamp where it grew. When the fossil record started...

A Princeton glaciologist says a set of mega-engineering projects may be able to stabilize the world’s most dangerous glaciers.
Geo-engineering, its most enthusiastic advocates will tell you, isn’t only possible. It’s already happening.
We know, they say, because we’re doing it—we just call it global warming. As humanity dumps billions of tons of...

Municipalities and military bases are using the bivalve to defend against flooding and damage from climate change-driven storms Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/storms-get-bigger-oyster-reefs-can-help-protect-shorelines-180967774/#V5GBtYgvBkJaLJDb.99 Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGv...

University of Massachusetts Amherst

 •  December 21, 2017

There are sunnier days ahead! Say goodbye to shorter days, and ever so slowly start to welcome back more sun as the winter solstice arrives on Thursday. The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, while the Southern Hemisphere experiences just the opposite. CBS News asked University of...

University of Massachusetts Amherst

 •  December 8, 2017

To rake or not to rake? That is the question. As the end of the year approaches and the days turn shorter and darker, fat bunches of iron-willed leaves are refusing to yield to wind and rain, stubbornly clinging to tree limbs like recalcitrant children holding fast to their parents’ legs. If you look up, or if you own a home with a yard, you’ll see...

University of Massachusetts Amherst

 •  December 7, 2017

Richard E. Peltier is an associate professor of Environmental Health Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst Wildfires once again are raging in California – this time in the Los Angeles area, where five fires are currently burning. The fast-moving Thomas fire alone has burned more than 65,000 acres in three days. State agencies are issuing...

University of Massachusetts Amherst

 •  December 4, 2017

AMHERST — UMass Amherst chemical engineer Sarah Perry, working with a colleague at the University of Illinois, is creating new bioinspired materials using electrostatic charge to direct the self-assembly process of long molecules. The research team, working with a class of polymers called coacervates, found they could be modified by changing the...

University of Massachusetts Amherst

 •  November 27, 2017

Thomas Peter/Pool/Getty Images For decades, Donald Trump has described the US-China relationship in apocalyptic terms. China is a “rival in its ambition to dominate Asia,” he wrote in his 2000 book The America We Deserve. It wants to “beat us and own our country,” he tweeted in 2011. “We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country,” he said...

University of Massachusetts Amherst

 •  November 15, 2017

By John Wendle PUBLISHED November 14, 2017 National Geographic produced this content as part of our partnership with Rolex, formed to promote exploration and conservation. The organizations will join forces in efforts that support veteran explorers, nurture emerging explorers, and protect Earth’s wonders. Nordaustlandet, SvalbardThe boat shot up...

University of Massachusetts Amherst

 •  November 15, 2017

It is no secret that politicians often lie, but consider this – they can do so simply by telling the truth. Confused? That statement becomes clearer when you realise that we've probably all done it. A classic example might be if your mum asks if you've finished your homework and you respond: "I've written an essay on Tennessee Williams for my...