Unusual life discovered in Mexican crystal caves gives insight to astrobiologists

By Lauren Puckett BOSTON — Deep in the caves of Naica, Mexico — some 800 meters below ground, where geothermal heat pushed temperatures into the range of 113 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit — Penelope Boston found something incredible. Within the cave’s enormous sparkling crystals, tiny microbial organisms lived in pockets of fluid. Boston’s attempts to…

Scientists, want to anonymously tip journalists? Here’s how

BOSTON – At a session Thusday on environmental journalism in the age of Trump, panelists found plenty to disagree about. One example of disagreement was whether those who reject mainstream climate science should be called “deniers,” as Harvard science historian Naomi Oreskes declares, or “doubters,” following a 2015 Associated Press style decision. But there was one thing on…

Scientists should speak up, Naomi Oreskes says

BOSTON – On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, scientists from across the nation plan to march together in Washington D.C. to advocate for open, inclusive, and accessible science, and to affirm science as a democratic value. However, some fear this march will only politicize science further and ultimately will do more harm to science than…

Vidya Balasubramanyam

Vidya is a graduate student in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources program at the University of Missouri. She is interested in helping communities adapt to climate change through participatory methods and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through green building practices. She aspires to be a better science communicator in her efforts to promote behavior change…

Eleanor Hasenbeck

In Spring 2017, Eleanor is a third-year undergraduate student at MU studying Science and Agricultural Journalism. Her interests include anthropology, food security and the environment. When she’s not writing, you can find her laughing at an improv comedy show. She can be reached at eleanorhasenbeck@gmail.com.