Winter 2013

Climate Change and the Decline of Mayan Civilization

Climate Change and the Decline of Mayan Civilization






New evidence shows that droughts were a significant factor in the fall of the Mayan civilization. Paleoclimatologist Douglas Kennett of Pennsylvania State University led an international team of researchers that analyzed a 2,000 year–old stalagmite from a cave in South Belize (1). Kennett obtained semiannual climate records through his analysis, […]

 
 

Can HIV Be Cured?

Can HIV Be Cured?






The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and its more advanced counterpart, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), affect approximately 34 million people worldwide, with the number of infected patients growing by over two million every year (1). Since first being detected in 1981, AIDS has claimed the lives of almost 30 million […]

 
 

Biodegradable Plastic: Its Promises and Consequences

Biodegradable Plastic: Its Promises and Consequences






Living “green” has become a popular trend in the last twenty years, and reducing oil consumption remains an important goal for the sustainably-minded today. One of the top uses of crude oil is the production of plastics. In 2010, 191 million barrels of liquid petroleum gases and natural gas liquids […]

 
 
 
 
 

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