Category: Smithsonian

Can Antiquities Looting in Syria Be Stopped?

February 12th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Danti, Newsmakers, Smithsonian 0 comments

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Michael Danti, College of Arts & Sciences

The Islamic State is selling antiquities to fund their fight, now a secretive group is trying to protect those cultural treasures…

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“What started as opportunistic theft by some has turned into an organized transnational business that is helping fund terror. It’s the gravest cultural emergency I’ve seen.”

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Meet the Two Scientists Who Implanted a False Memory Into a Mouse

October 16th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Howard Eichenbaum, Newsmakers, Smithsonian 0 comments

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Howard Eichenbaum, College of Arts & Sciences

It was the day before Christmas, and the normally busy MIT laboratory on Vassar Street in Cambridge was quiet. But creatures were definitely stirring, including a mouse that would soon be world famous…

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“It’s a fantastic feat. It’s a real breakthrough that shows the power of these techniques to address fundamental questions about how the brain works.”

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Humans Are Naturally Inclined to Believe We’re Immortal

January 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Natalie Emmons, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Smithsonian 0 comments

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Natalie Emmons, College of Arts & Sciences

According to Roman Catholicism, existence begins at conception. But that’s far from a universal idea. Some indigenous cultures in the Amazon Basin, for example, don’t have a cultural take on life before birth…

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“Even kids who had biological knowledge about reproduction still seemed to think that they had existed in some sort of eternal form. And that form really seemed to be about emotions and desires.”

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Police Can Now Take Your DNA After Any Arrest

June 4th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, School of Law, Smithsonian, Tracey Maclin 0 comments

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Tracey Maclin, School of Law

The Supreme Court has ruled that police can take DNA samples from anybody under arrest for any crimes, regardless of whether DNA is relevant to their arrest…

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Scientists See Insect Outbreaks From Space

February 1st, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Robert Kennedy, Smithsonian 0 comments

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Robert Kennedy, College of Arts & Sciences

It’s become a destructive cycle in the western U.S.: Warmer temperatures and drought conditions prolong the life cycle of mountain pine beetles, allowing them to prey on the pine, spruce and fir trees that blanket the mountains…

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“We’d look at an image from 2000 and one from 2005 and ask, ‘What’s changed?’ If you’re only looking at two images, it’s very difficult to track slowly evolving changes. You can tell something’s changed, but you don’t know how long it’s taken.”

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Plants Flower Nearly a Month Earlier Than They Did A Century Ago

January 16th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Smithsonian 0 comments

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Elizabeth Ellwood, College of Arts & Sciences

Compared to extreme drought, blistering heat, massive wildfires and tropical cyclones, the latest indicator of climate change is unexpectedly attractive: early spring flowers…

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How the Tree Frog Has Redefined Our View of Biology

December 19th, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Karen Warkentin, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Smithsonian 0 comments

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Karen Warkentin, College of Arts & Sciences

Karen Warkentin, wearing tall olive-green rubber boots, stands on the bank of a concrete-lined pond at the edge of the Panamanian rainforest…

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Why Are Humans Primates?

October 29th, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Matt Cartmill, Newsmakers, Smithsonian 0 comments

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Matt Cartmill, College of Arts & Sciences

I’m a primate. You’re a primate. Everyone reading this blog is a primate…

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