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James MacDonald

James MacDonald received a BS in Environmental Biology from Columbia and a PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University, spending 4 years in Central America collecting data on fish in mangrove forests. His research has been published in scholarly journals such as Estuaries and Coasts and Biological Invasions. He currently works in fisheries management and outreach in New York.

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Armadillos are Cute, but They Spread Leprosy

A surprising examination of how armadillos spread leprosy.

At Long Last, a Malaria Vaccine. Sort of.

Scientists create the first malaria vaccine, but there are still setbacks.

To Find Forgotten Land Mines, Researchers Look To Elephants

Elephants might be the key to disabling forgotten land mines.

The Magnificent, Maligned Mangrove

The mangrove is essential to ecosystems, but is in danger of becoming extinct.

The environmental scourge of palm oil

Why Palm Oil is dangerous for the environment

The Magnus Effect: More Than a Viral Video

What is the concept of the Magnus effect?

Mad dogs, Englishmen, and Silver Ants Go Out in the Midday Sun

Several species have managed to adapt to the harsh, unforgiving environment of deserts.

Fly the Friendly Skies in a Grease Powered Jet

A United Airlines jet is the first to take off using only fuels made from discarded fat.

Journey to the Center(pede) of the Earth

The deepest living centipede has been discovered in a Croatian cave.

Shark Attacks: A History of Hype

A history of shark attacks and public response to them.

Despite New Attention, Concussions Remain Mysterious

Despite decades of progress, successful treatment of concussions has been elusive and difficult.

That Kangaroo? It’s Left-Handed

According to a recent study, a majority of kangaroos are left-handed.

Pluto Gets a Close-Up

What the New Horizon voyage tells us about Pluto.

The Peril of Skinny Jeans, Corsets, and Restrictive Clothing

what do skinny jeans and corsets have in common. as you may imagine, quite a bit.

NASA Sets Its Sites on Europa

NASA has decided on the nature and scope of a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, scheduled in the 2020s.

A Democratic Experiment Among Baboons

New research on baboon troops suggests that they employ democratic decision-making.

The Color of Dinosaur Eggs

What color were dinosaur eggs? Looking at their closest cousins, birds, may give us a clue.

A Long Overdue Ban on Trans Fats

The FDA is banning trans fats in food.

It’s Official: A Global Mass Extinction is under Way

New research confirms that the next mass extinction is in progress, and we’re the cause.

For Pets in Ancient Egypt, Life Was Hard (or Really Easy)

Life wasn’t always easy for pets in ancient Egypt.

Early Bird? Night Owl? It Might Be in Your Genes.

Researchers in England have identified several genes associated with the timing of peak activity.

With Few Mates, Female Sawfish Go It Alone

Smalltooth sawfish are increasingly reproducing without males, according to new research.

Poor Prognosis for the Western Antarctic Ice Shelf

The western antarctic ice shelves are thinning rapidly.

Just for the Halibut: More Fish are Deliberately Wasted Than Caught

More halibut are dumped dead in the ocean as waste than sold by fishermen.