Category: Richard Primack

Oldest Known Fruit Tree In U.S. Still Bears Pears After Nearly 400 Years

August 28th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Huffington Post, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

A celebrated pear tree in Danvers, Mass. still bears fruit at the ripe old age of 383, more or less — and biologists find its remarkable longevity a bit baffling…

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“Generally, fruit trees don’t last very long, so it’s unusual. It is in relatively open conditions. It’s getting good light… The reason it’s still bearing fruit is because people are pruning it, or it might be a naturally self-pruning tree.”

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9 to 5 is far from reality for scientists

August 21st, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

Researchers have long lamented that they are forced to do much of their work late at night or at weekends – and now they have the beginnings of an evidence base to support their claims…

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In Concord,Thoreau’s notes evidence of climate change

July 22nd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, MetroWest Daily News, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

After his walks, Henry David Thoreau recorded the dates garlic mustard, pink lady slippers and dozens of local flowers bloomed, never imagining a Boston scientist would use his observations 150 years later to prove spring is now arriving earlier with dramatic environmental consequences…

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Botanist says plants are flowering earlier due to climate change

July 7th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

Common plant species are flowering 10 to 14 days earlier in Concord, Mass., compared to over a century ago because of rising temperatures, according to botanist Richard Primack in a talk on June 1 at Highstead…

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“In a very iconic place like Concord, plants are responding to climate change at least in terms of their phenology.”

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A Man for All Seasons

April 21st, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York Times, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

On July 4, 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved to a small cabin at Walden Pond, about a mile and a half from his hometown, Concord, Mass…

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“…one thing becomes clear — climate change is coming to Walden Pond.”

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Will Global Warming Slow Down the Boston Marathon?

April 14th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Discovery News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

When the gun goes off to start the Boston Marathon on Monday, the temperature is forecast to be in the 50s — in other words, perfect record-setting weather…

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“By the year 2100, the average temperature at Boston will have changed enough to affect race times.”

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BU study sees temps, not times heating up

April 11th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Herald, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

When Kenya’s Wesley Korir crossed the finish line in last year’s Boston Marathon with a winning time nearly nine minutes behind the pace set in 2011, the reasons seemed to be pretty simple…

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“We always think of sporting events as being constantly improving. We think that people are always going to be breaking records in different events, but in the marathon, what will likely happen is races will start getting slower. We may still have records broken on cold days, but most years they are going to be slower than they presently are.”

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Will climate change slow the Boston marathon?

March 31st, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Nathan Phillips, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences
Nathan Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences

In the middle of April, world attention focuses on the Boston Marathon. Researchers from the Biology and Earth and Environment Departments of Boston University have taken a new angle to provide novel insights on this famous running event…

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A Science of Signs of Spring

March 17th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Primack, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

To chart the advent of spring, thousands of volunteer naturalists are logging when cherry trees and lilacs first blossom, when Monarch butterflies and hummingbirds fly north, when insects stir and robins nest…

Expert quote:

“We are starting to see dramatic effects across the country and the National Phenology Network is helping to document that.”

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Thoreau, viewed as a scientist

March 10th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

The annual rituals of nature — the date when the marsh marigold first unfurls its yellow petals or when the common alder pushes out its leaves — are among the most sensitive indicators of climate change…

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“As far as I know, there is more information about the effect of climate change in Concord than any other place in the United States.”

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