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Rock Doc: Wheat stem rust research offers reason for hope

Scientists have been hard at work in recent years combating a significant disease of wheat. Stem rust is caused by a group of nasty fungal organisms that can infect wheat …


Rock Doc: Medieval monks’ records a window to climate study

Ireland enjoys a mild and stable climate. But even in Ireland there are years that stand out. Recently a team of researchers led by Harvard’s Francis Ludlow announced results of …


Rock Doc: Fossil find may help solve big riddle

How dinosaurs grew to be as large as they did has always been a bit of a mystery. Now a new fossil discovery in Yunnan province in China is shedding …


The Rock Doc: Cave formations another record of climate change

Some of the interesting features of certain caves are stalactites and stalagmites, the columnlike features that hang down from the ceiling and are built up from the floor. Humans have …


Rock Doc: Alaska’s coastal glaciers have much to tell

Each year at this time, thousands of tourists embark on cruises along Alaska’s stunning coastal waters. If they are lucky, the tourists experience dry weather, relatively calm seas and breathtaking …


Rock Doc: Brains work differently among tame, wild animals

When I get home from work, I like to play with my old dog, Buster Brown. Despite his membership in the canine branch of the AARP, Buster still likes to …


Rock Doc: Full cost of nuclear program yet to be paid

I’m never quite sure how to respond when the focus of the national media shines briefly on the region where I live – usually described as a “remote” part of …


Rock Doc: Ice studies lead science to core of climatology

Late in the last century, scientists published reams of data about Earth’s climate derived from ice cores taken from Greenland and the Antarctic. By drilling down into the polar ice …


Sign language a new trick for old dogs

Buster Brown, my big mutt from the dog pound, is now 10 years old. Perhaps because he’s a senior citizen, it took him a full week to learn how to …


Rock Doc: Genomics might help defeat citrus disease

Did you have a glass of orange juice this morning? If so, you may want to know that the simple pleasures brought to us by citrus fruit are under attack …


Rock Doc: Japanese break the ice in search for natural gas

The name “natural gas” might be a puzzle. After all, how could there be such a thing as unnatural gas? The reason we call natural gas what we do has …


The Rock Doc: Veterinarians learn grief counseling

Modern veterinary science is a technically advanced field. Some animals receive not just X-rays but sophisticated scans such as MRIs. If you visit a large veterinary hospital you will find …


Rock Doc: Slow-moving quakes may just delay the pain

One of the most breathtaking geologic events is a major earthquake. In just a few moments, shaking of the earth can result in billions of dollars of damage and thousands …


Rock Doc: Mass extinctions way more than just meteorites

As any child can tell you, the Mesozoic Era ends with the extinction of the dinosaurs. Most geologists think the cause of that extinction was the impact of an enormous …


The Rock Doc: Stream research goes with flow of technology

It’s obvious that streams and rivers carry cobbles, gravel and sand downstream. Geologists know streams move a lot of material at flood stage but, even during calmer water flow, streams …


The Rock Doc: Seeds of change start creation of new apple

Today there are lots of options in the grocery stores when it comes to apples, from traditional varieties such as Jonathan and McIntosh to newer types such as Honeycrisp and …


Rock Doc: Weak bedrock can make your house a hole

Sometimes “solid rock” turns out to be anything but sturdy stuff. Limestone and a couple other related sedimentary rocks are common in some parts of the country, including in Florida. …


Rock Doc: Just a tiny grain of sand can act as big evidence

Born in 1632 in the Netherlands, Antony van Leeuwenhoek was a self-taught man who made microscopes, ultimately producing some 500 of them. Van Leeuwenhoek’s microscopes could magnify objects up to …


The Rock Doc: Tweets, words share similar genetic makeup

There are two features of this time of year that make my heart glad. One is the rapidly increasing length of the day. In September we lose daylight quickly, but …


The Rock Doc: New hypothesis about fossils a healthy sign

There’s a new debate in paleontology, one that took me by surprise but that shows nicely how some science works. There’s a particular type of ancient fossil called the “Ediacara …


Rock Doc: Meteorite makes impression on geologists

I think the most memorable single day of all my years as a student was the afternoon I got to examine moon rocks in graduate school. Rocks on Earth are …


Rock Doc: Hearing loss may bring bigger issues

“What?” That simple question gets asked by many people as they age and hearing loss begins to creep into daily life. Before my elderly mother got her hearing aids, it …


The Rock Doc: Durum wheat now has a softer side

Eighty years ago, my mother was in grade school, where paste was made by mixing a little flour and water together. Memories of that simple glue came back to her …


Sutter’s Mill also site of modern-day meteorite rush

As a geologist I hope you remember the story of Sutter’s Mill. It was the place in California where gold was discovered in 1848. As news of the discovery spread, …


Rock Doc: DNA may hold key to mental illness

For generations it’s been clear that a couple of major mental illnesses seem to occur much more frequently in some families than in others. But it hasn’t always been so …


Rock Doc: Never take your waste for granted

A few weeks ago I lost the use of my toilet and learned firsthand just how much I missed it when it wasn’t there. My plumbing went out of order …


Rock Doc: The skinny on weight-loss drugs

I’m not a medical doctor and I don’t even play one on TV. But I couldn’t help but listen to the news about two weight loss drugs the Food and …


Rock Doc: Engineering on a tiny scale hopefully will pay off big later

One of the most exciting frontiers of modern science is “nano” or tiny-scale technology. Recently some interesting progress was announced about micro-engineering on the nano-scale that could have useful applications. …


Rock Doc: Citrus fruits aren’t always the answer

A breakfast of half a grapefruit and some peanut butter on a piece of toast sounds like it would be good for you, doesn’t it? For millions of Americans who …


Rock Doc: Naturally, there’s a better way

To a geologist like me, it was most notable by its absence in the political campaigns that lurched to their conclusions in November. I’m talking about an energy plan with …