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History on the wing: how evolution in birds is a window into the past

By David Thill
Medill Reports

Take a look, if you will, at the birds pictured here.

With their yellow throats and yellow breasts, their mottled feathers and the black streaks lining their wings like racing stripes – tiny cotton balls where their eyes once sat – they look like birds of a feather.

But they’re not of the same feather.

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Making Sense of Surface Chemistry

THESE NU SCIENTISTS WANT TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THEIR WORK, AND THE VALUE OF OBSCURE SCIENCE.

By David Thill
Medill Reports

There’s a language barrier between Mike Mattei and most of the rest of the world. Or maybe it’s more of a dialect barrier.

Mattei, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Northwestern University’s Department of Chemistry, works on a research team studying metal surfaces at the level of nanometers – a billionth of a meter – searching for the ideal spot on the surface for chemical reactions to happen.

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