Engineered log jams restore natural river flow, fish spawning in Pacific Northwest

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By Fiona Skeggs Medill Reports The upper Quinault River in Washington is always changing. In February, you’ll be scrambling over rocks and dodging areas of soft, wet sand that was about 8 feet lower in October, the high winter flow having deposited new material on the floodplain. In December, you’d have been swimming. Still, water […]

Fermilab following clues to unravel the latest mysteries of the universe

Setting Up the Muon G-2 Experiment

By Hana Ahmed, Brittany Edelmann and Daphne Yao Medill Reports Near light-speed collisions of streams of subatomic particles at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Batavia have helped identify several of the 17 known building blocks of matter, leading to continuing and newfound discoveries about the universe. New Neutrino? One experiment focuses on neutrino physics. […]

Meet TV Chef, Inventor, and ‘Fit Foodie’ Mareya Ibrahim

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By Harrison Liao Medill Reports For today’s health-conscious eaters, it is all too easy to get lost within the maze of contradictory nutritional advice. Nearly 80% of Americans surveyed  “come across conflicting information about food and nutrition,” and 59% reported that “conflicting information makes them doubt their choices,” according to a 2018 study conducted by […]

Madrid’s Cajal Institute fosters collaboration among international neuroscientists

By Valerie Nikolas Medill Reports A Japanese postdoctoral fellow, two Spanish doctoral candidates, an Italian undergraduate and an American journalist walk into a neuroscience research institute in Spain. It’s 2 p.m. and the Cajal Institute’s break room is abuzz with the sounds of scientists eating packed lunches, discussing the latest episode of Game of Thrones […]

Stoned drivers targeted by new breathalyzer technology

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By Brady Jones Medill Reports Slowed reaction time. Reduced ability to make decisions. Impaired coordination. Memory loss. Difficulty in problem-solving. These are some of the symptoms listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describing people who drive under the influence of marijuana. And right now, it is very difficult for law enforcement […]

Dads who exercise may pass down cognitive benefits to their offspring

Mouse study shows offspring of active fathers are better at learning and remembering By Valerie Nikolas Medill Reports Men, if you want smarter kids, it may be time to hit the gym. When it comes to baby-bearing, women often get the brunt of the responsibility, especially before a child is born. But new evidence shows […]

How to ensure your electric vehicle is powered by renewable energy

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By Brady Jones Medill Reports Driving an electric vehicle plays a critical role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, but the impact of this reduction gets diminished if the electricity comes from fossil fuels. The sources of electricity used to power your car must be green too and several choices are available to make that happen. […]

New funding pushes lab-grown meat closer to reality

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By Brady Jones Medill Reports Netherlands-based Mosa Meat announced Tuesday that it had secured €7.5 million in new funding to support its efforts to produce the world’s first lab-produced commercial meat product, prompting them to predict the culinary revolution could appear on the market by 2021. The funding, which equates to roughly $8.7 million, came […]

Shell stuff: Monitoring the health of California’s shellfish amid climate change

This is the second is a series about Medill News Service reporter Rebecca Fanning’s embedded reporting experience at UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Lab in Bodega Bay, California. Read the original post here.  By Rebecca Fanning Endangered black abalone receive an aromatic spa treatment while hundreds of baby oysters float in tiny cages next to winding […]