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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.

Welcome Back to the Large Hadron Collider

After a two-year hiatus, the Large Hadron Collider is starting up again.
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Brontosaurus is Back, Baby!

The mighty brontosaurus might be real after all, according to new analysis.

Camouflage Artists of the Animal Kingdom

A few camouflage artists of the animal kingdom, including cuttlefish and Craugastor frogs.

Tax Day in Ancient Egypt

A newly-analyzed papyrus fragment from Ancient Egypt revealed a truly whopping tax bill
The ancient Mayan archaelogical site of Copan, in Honduras, one of the most important cities of mayan civilization. UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Researchers Discover Unknown Ancient City in Honduras

An expedition has identified the ruins of an unknown city in a remote part of Honduras.

Move Over, Camouflage. Here Comes Artificial Chameleon Skin

Engineers have developed a new chameleon-like material that changes color with a slight movement, according to research published in the journal Optical.

Seals 1, Scientists 0

A long-term study to track the movements of commercially valuable fish species might have been a waste of time, thanks to crafty seals.

Like Shrimp? How About a 7-Footer?

Researchers recently discovered something completely different: the fossil of a 7-foot long shrimp-like creature.

A New Engine Sends NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft on Its Way

Dawn spacecraft's mission to Ceres is made possible by a brand new ion engine that runs off individual atoms.

What ISIS Wrecked in Nimrud and Hatra

Records of excavations from before the current conflict with ISIS in Iraq can give us an idea of the former grandeur of Nimrud and Hatra.
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Geoengineering: A Real Weapon Against Climate Change?

Does geoengineering deserve stronger consideration as a strategy to combat climate change?

In Pain? Don’t Worry, It’s Literally in Your Mind

A look at the research in mind/body science and pain.

What Does It Mean to Have Jet Lag?

What is jet lag, and why does it affect us so much more in the spring than in the fall?

She Has Your Eyes. And Your Gut Bacteria’s Genome!

Upending our entire understanding of inheritance, an infant can apparently inherit genes directly from her mother’s bacteria.

To Avoid Allergies, Skip the Dishwasher

A new study says that children raised in homes where dishes are typically washed by hand have lower rates of allergies than where the dishwasher is used.
Black hole is shining bright red light in the distant cosmos

Scientists Discover Largest Black Hole Ever

Scientists recently discovered the largest black hole ever.
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The World’s Strongest Material is Limpet Teeth

The world's strongest material is no longer spider silk, it's limpet teeth.

Searching for a New Species? Look in the Museum

A Doncaster museum found that an old plaster cast of an ichthyosaur was in fact a brand new species.

Outdoor Recreation Can Impact Wildlife

That hike is low-impact, but not no-impact. Even low-impact outdoor recreation can impact wildlife
Fish steaks on cooled market display

The Obama Administration Tackles Seafood Fraud

In December, the Obama administration announced a wide-ranging plan to combat seafood fraud.
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Can International Marine Reserves Save The Ocean?

The oceans may be on the verge of biological collapse, can international marine reserves save them?

Subway Bacteria: Commuting with E. coli

Unknown bacteria on the subway share a commute with many of us daily. Should we be concerned?

Brian Williams and Our Treacherous Memories

There’s been some hand-wringing from pundits about truth and memory in the wake of Brian Williams recent embellishments.

So You Want to Move to Mars?

A Dutch non-profit plans to send voyagers on a one-way trip to Mars