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  • Kim Cobb before House Committee on Natural Resources on Feb. 6, 2019


    Climate science made a big comeback on Capitol Hill yesterday, with two separate hearings underway on the same day that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared 2018 the fourth-hottest year on record and revealed that climate-related weather events caused $91 billion in damages to the US economy. Among those giving testimony before the Natural Resources Committee meeting was Kim Cobb, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

    WIRED, Feb 7, 2019

  • One maggot can eat twice its body mass in one day. (Credit: Shishkov and Hu, GeorgiaTech)

    Thousands of Writhing Maggots Create the World's Creepiest Fountain

    That's what scientists found while studying the dinnertime of black soldier fly larvae, or maggots. When vast quantities of these larvae feed together, their surging movement around their food creates a living fountain of writhing bodies. That may sound revolting, but the strategy makes maggots uniquely efficient at devouring meals en masse, scientists reported in a new study. [Ear Maggots and Brain Amoeba: 5 Creepy Flesh-Eating Critters] Larvae of the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) typically hatch, live and eat together in the hundreds and thousands, and each voracious grub can consume up to twice its body mass in a day, lead study author Olga Shishkov, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, told Live Science. Shishkov works with mechanical engineering professor David Hu, who holds concurrent appointments in the Schools of Biological Sciences and of Physics. Story was also covered by Fox News and Science Friday


    Wired, Feb 6, 2019

  • Fiji coral experiment biodiverse table


    The extinction of many coral species may be weakening reef systems and siphoning life out of the corals that remain, according to a new study by Mark Hay and Cody Clements of the School of Biological Sciences. This article is the same published by Institute Communications on Feb 6. 

    Futurity, Feb 6, 2019

  • Mary Holder

    Common Food Additives Have Been Linked To Anxiety And Behavior Changes

    Neuroscientists at Georgia State University have found a link between common food additives and anxious changes in behavior, as reported in the journal Scientific Reports. Although the link has only been found in mice so far, the researchers argue that their findings could be applied to humans and used as evidence to help explain behavioral disorders. The paper's first author is Mary Holder, now an academic professional in the School of Psychology.

    IFLScience!, Jan 28, 2019

  • John Wise

    Formation of massive black holes in rapidly growing pre-galactic gas clouds

    "Research can always wait. Life is irreplaceable," writes John Wise in his feature for Astronomy behind the scenes of his most recent paper. He's explaining his decision to put his work on hold during his wife's cancer treatment (quoted here). Wise initially set out to answer this question: How do supermassive black holes form in the first place? The feature offers a rare look at the intersection between a researcher's work and his perosnal life. In January, we covered his work on black holes here.



    Astronomy, Jan 24, 2019

  • Crystals through a microscope with a field view of 1 cm (credit: Cesar Menor Salvan)

    Chemistry in Pictures: Crystal clear

    The chemist who made these crystals thinks they could hold clues to how life evolved on Earth. Cesar Menor Salvan is a research scientist at the Center for Chemical Evolution. He is also a postdoc in the lab of Nicholas Hud

    C&EN, Jan 22, 2019

  • Aaron Bolduc

    AU Health Adrenal Center grand opening set for Jan. 29

    College of Sciences alumnus Aaron Bolduc is now the surgical director for the Augusta University Adrenal Center! Bolduc graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in Biology. He is also an assistant professor of surgery at the Medical College of Georgia.

    Jagwire, Jan 17, 2019

  • Kim Cobb

    How to Understand the UN’s Dire New Climate Report

    The Atlantic turned to School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Kim Cobb for help understanding the UN's new climate report. Though some may say the target proposed by the report is unrealistic, Cobb says, "It is not our job as scientists to give the world a 'pass' in the face of damaging delays in tackling climate change."

    The Atlantic, Oct 19, 2018

  • Kim Cobb

    What’s in a Half a Degree? 2 Very Different Future Climates

    It's not too late to avoid a catastrophic future. A new IPCC report shows the impacts that can be avoided by limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius instead of 2 degrees. According to School of Earth and Atmospheric SciencesKim Cobb, "We still have choices to make."

    Scientific American, Oct 17, 2018

  • Kim Cobb

    Stronger Together

    How six accomplished women are helping Georgia Tech become a more welcoming place for women and minorities – including School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences' Kim Cobb.

    Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine, Oct 17, 2018