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Stories by Eliene Augenbraun

Fingering Fake Whiskeys with Isotopes

Whiskeys claimed to be from the 19th century are revealed to be made with much more recently grown barley, thanks to the unique isotopic fingerprint of the nuclear-testing era.  

February 6, 2020 — Eliene Augenbraun

Fido’s Human Age Gets New Estimates

By comparing how DNA gets altered over the lifetimes of people and dogs, researchers came up with a new way to compare canine years with human years.

December 27, 2019 — Eliene Augenbraun

Jupiter's Red Spot Is Red Hot

What Jupiter’s spot is not, is tranquil. New infrared images taken by Boston University scientists on a NASA telescope in Hawaii show that whereas Jupiter’s north and south poles are heated by strong magnetic fields, its large, stormy red spot generates its own heat by a different mechanism...

August 9, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

A Corpse Flower Blooms in the Bronx

For the first time since 1939, the New York Botanical Garden has coaxed a corpse flower to open its massive bloom and flood the greenhouse with the stench of sewers and rotting meat.

July 29, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Jupiter, Get Ready for Your Close-Up!

Juno, NASA’s new mission to Jupiter, reaches the giant planet on July 4, 2016. Among its many firsts, Juno will peer deeper than ever before beneath the Jovian clouds and will deliver the first interplanetary LEGO kit...

June 24, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun and Lee Billings

A Topology Joke to Celebrate National Doughnut Day

Ian Agol is a University of California mathematician who was awarded the 2016 Breakthrough Prize for his work on 3-D topology. He shares a special joke about how topologists view breakfast...

June 3, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun, Benjamin Meyers and James Drew
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