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Stories by Arielle Duhaime-Ross

Previously Unknown Mammal Spent Decades Hiding in Plain Sight

Previously Unknown Mammal Spent Decades Hiding in Plain Sight

As fans of the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation know, skulls and teeth can provide excellent forensic clues. Yet any taxonomist will tell you that hard-boiled detectives and forensic scientists are far from the only ones to appreciate the investigative powers of craniums and pearly whites.

August 20, 2013 — Arielle Duhaime-Ross

Souvenir Seafood Menus Offer Glimpse into Hawaii’s Oceans of Old

Kyle Van Houtan, a marine ecologist at Duke University and a researcher for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has spent the last few months scouring libraries, Web sites and private collections for Hawaiian restaurant menus dating as far back as the late 1800s.

August 9, 2013 — Arielle Duhaime-Ross

Web Comics Splash with Color Thanks to an Unlikely iPhone Programmer (Q&A)

It only took a few days for Boudewjin Pelt to develop the software tools that digital artists like Jeff Zugale, co-author of the Webcomic Not Invented Here, now call “indispensable.” The tools, which Pelt posted online for free in 2004, gave digital artists the ability to color their artwork with just a few clicks of [...]

August 2, 2013 — Arielle Duhaime-Ross

Anatomy of One of Canada s Worst and Most Costly Natural Disasters

Calgarians rafting down what used to be a paved street. Photo credit: Wayne Stadler Canadian officials taking stock of the deluge that occurred in mid-June in Alberta have started to characterize it as the worst flood in the province’s history.

July 17, 2013 — Arielle Duhaime-Ross

Mystery Lingers around Origin of GM Wheat in Oregon

When the fresh wheat samples arrived at her lab this spring, Carol Mallory-Smith, a weed scientist, didn’t know what to expect. The concerned farmer who sent them had contacted her because a patch of wheat had refused to die after being treated with a powerful herbicide called Roundup.

July 9, 2013 — Arielle Duhaime-Ross

Zero Evidence That Legos Harm Your Kids

Credit: Arielle Duhaime-Ross LEGO toys have never been so controversial, or angry for that matter, but that should not stop your kids from playing with them.

June 20, 2013 — Arielle Duhaime-Ross

Your Meat Should Be Raised on Insects, U.N. Says

Enviroflight makes animal feed from black soldier fly larvae. Credit: Thomas Shahan There has been a lot of press, both positive and negative, about a recent United Nations report in which scientists recommended that we start eating insects to fight world hunger.

June 6, 2013 — Arielle Duhaime-Ross