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8.18.2016

Students’ pop-song video parodies teach real science

Pedro Ramirez

It’s also hard to imagine the rapper Macklemore ever reshaping his parody “Thrift Shop” into an ode to the Coriolis effect. But those are two of the entertaining student-made music videos that have appeared over the years in UCLA professor Aradhna Tripati’s classroom film festivals in “Intro to Oceanography.” With thumping bass and catchy hooks,…


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7.22.2016

Methane and microbes—making life happen

Belinda Waymouth

But it’s the interaction between the two that truly made life possible—and it may even hold solutions for climate change. As far as greenhouse gases measure up, methane is a heavyweight—25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. But life as we know it wouldn’t exist without methane and the microbes that eat it. Earth’s entire…


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6.29.2016

College kids: What will their lives be like?

Peter Kareiva

I just finished my first year at UCLA, where I got to know eight graduating seniors quite well. I now feel that “youth as our hope” platitudes have merit. That begs a question: What might their lives be like? We all know there is angst among our graduates about jobs, and about the uncertain economic…


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6.7.2016

Environmental lobbying’s clean little secret

David Colgan

The public perception is that lobbyists fight for lax regulations, saving businesses money by allowing more pollution—often at great cost to public health and natural resources. That’s only one side of the story. Green firms lobby, too. And they’re spending nearly as much as the biggest polluters, according to a recent study from UCLA’s Institute…


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4.19.2016

Earth Day: then and now

Peter Kareiva

The first Earth Day was covered for ten hours by The Today Show in 1970—a time when there was no cable television and network coverage meant a lot more than it does now. Nobody counted the exact numbers, but it is estimated there were at least 35,000 teach-ins around the United States. Congress took April…


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4.7.2016

The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge and California’s extreme weather future

David Colgan

Daniel Swain elevates weather talk to the stratosphere. He’s a Ph.D student studying atmospheric patterns and extreme weather at Stanford University. He’s also the creator of the California Weather Blog, an expert source that people are increasingly turning to during these times of El Niño and severe drought. Swain and his fellow researchers spent the…