Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Connecticut River commission member to address river’s significance

By Collegian News Staff

April 26, 2011

Filed under Environment

While rivers may have once been a foundation of transport, shipping and a crossroads of people and cultures, some may take for granted their ongoing significance. But not Nathaniel Tripp, a member of the Connecticut River Joint Commission,...

Massachusetts nuclear sites face increased scrutiny

By Melanie Muller

April 11, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

After the recent Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan, nuclear reactors throughout the United States have come under increased scrutiny, and reactors in Massachusetts have been no exception. Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Senate P...

UM Professor predicts that flooding could increase with water table rise

By Katie Landeck

April 7, 2011

Filed under Env. & Tech.

Just before April showers began, University of Massachusetts professor David Boutt released a study predicting that a rise in water tables due to a trend of increased precipitation could result in more flooding in the New England...

UPDATE: UMass abroad students safe after Japan earthquake

By Herb Scribner

March 11, 2011

Filed under Environment, News

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan at 2:46 p.m. local time, and caused a tsunami to rip apart the islands. Reports from Japan suggest there have been over 100 deaths. As of 3 p.m. on March 11, the Int...

UMass researchers discover new function in protein for cancer treatment

By Michael Roberts

March 10, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have discovered a new function of the protein ADAM 13 that many feel could be promising in preventing and treating cancer and facial defects during embryo development. The study was published i...

Researchers developing technology to ‘print’ replicated human skin to heal wounds

By Brian Canova

March 10, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

Researchers are developing technology that could one day  “print” human skin on wounded soldiers and burn victims. The technology was developed by modifying standard inkjet printers. Vials of the patients’ cells are...

Report shows EPA creates jobs

By Matthew M. Robare

March 9, 2011

Filed under Environment, News

A report by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts titled “New Jobs – Cleaner Air: Employment Effects Under Planned Changes to the EPA’s Air Pollution Rules” has seemingly made an impact in the ...

Recycled garb: Your civic duty?

By Ashley Siegel

March 7, 2011

Filed under Env. & Tech.

When Steven Weinreb was laid off from his job in 2009, he never looked back. Rather than joining a growing number of Americans who found themselves in the unemployment line, Weinreb dreamt up a business plan: a shoe line with a conscience. Out of that idea, Civic Duty Shoes were born. ...

Study shows that not all smiles created equal

By Lily Hicks

March 3, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

Researchers at Michigan State University are finding despite what employers and moms say, smiling may not always be the best option. A two-week study of 58 bus drivers in the Pacific Northwest found that smiling alone did not improve drivers’ moods – in fact, faking happines...

Creationism still exists in the classroom

By Nancy Pierce

March 2, 2011

Filed under News, Science & Technology

Despite a Supreme Court decision nearly 30 years ago barring creationism from being taught in science classrooms, a recent study has found that over 900 high schools in the United States still teach this theory in schools. Political Science Pr...

Oil from BP spill lingers off Gulf Coast

By Nancy Pierce

February 28, 2011

Filed under Env. & Tech.

At an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. Saturday, Feb. 19, scientists revealed that oil from last year’s British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon spill still remains...

IBM’s Watson comp. defeats humans on Jeopardy

By Tim Jones

February 17, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

Watson, the super computer developed by IBM, recently dominated the game show, Jeopardy, in a three-day tournament Wednesday night, beating previous famous champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. A project over eight year...