Category: National Geographic

Half of All Species Are on the Move—And We’re Feeling It

National Geographic Richard Primack, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “The shrubs probably responded first. In the 19th century, alder and flowering willows in the Alaskan Arctic stood no taller than a small child—just a little over three feet…” Expert quote: “Everywhere throughout the world, things are happening earlier in the spring—in China, Japan, Korea, […]

Life on the Shore-Based Team: The Other Half of a Telepresence Expedition

National Geographic Robinson Fulweiler, College of Arts & Sciences The waves of Narragansett Bay break gently on the rocky beach at the University of Rhode Island’s School of Oceanography, as vacationing families jockey for prime sunbathing real estate… Expert quote: “We didn’t land on an active methane seep site, but I was amazed by the amount of […]

Millions Injected Into Push for New Antibiotics

National Geographic Kevin Outterson, School of Law A new federal-private partnership will devote more than $350 million over the next five years to one of the trickiest aspects of the problem of drug resistance: encouraging pharmaceutical companies to make new antibiotics… Expert quote: “There is nothing like this for antibiotics now.” View full article

Jupiter’s Red Spot Churns Out Air Hotter Than Lava

National Geographic James O’Donoghue, College of Arts & Sciences Above Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, where nonstop thunderstorms rumble and roil, it’s hotter than the hottest lava on Earth, reaching temperatures of at least 2400°F (1300°C)… Expert quote: “We call this the energy crisis nowadays, because it’s been unresolved since the 1970s at Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, […]

Sexual Transmission Is Just the Latest Zika Surprise

National Geographic Davidson Hamer, School of Public Health Information about the Zika virus now “spreading explosively” through the Americas seems to be changing every day—and little of it is comforting… Expert quote: “I think this means we need to counsel travelers to have safe protected sex. Until we know more about how long the risk […]

Sitting on a Cliff Vs. Falling Off a Cliff

National Geographic “Phenomena” Robinson Fulweiler, College of Arts & Sciences The Steller’s sea cow is gone. This mega-manatee swam the North Pacific for millions of years, and then in the 1700s humans hunted them to extinction… Expert quote: “I was really excited to read their paper, and I actually felt good about their conclusions.” View full article