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Green Lab Initiatives Take Root Around the World
Scientists, students, and administrative staff are working to bring about a cultural shift to mitigate the impact of research on the environment.
Green Lab Initiatives Take Root Around the World
Green Lab Initiatives Take Root Around the World

Scientists, students, and administrative staff are working to bring about a cultural shift to mitigate the impact of research on the environment.

Scientists, students, and administrative staff are working to bring about a cultural shift to mitigate the impact of research on the environment.

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Removing the Animals from Lab-Grown Meat
Niki Spahich, PhD | May 9, 2022 | 3 min read
Growing meat in a laboratory may seem like science fiction, but researchers around the world are perfecting the culture of animal muscle intended for human consumption.
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Stanford to Launch New Climate Change School This Fall
Amanda Heidt | May 5, 2022 | 4 min read
The launch of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability—the first new school at the university in 70 years—comes thanks to a $1.1 billion gift from a venture capitalist and his wife.
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Tuna Story Exposes Challenges of Seafood Authentication
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Jul 1, 2021 | 4 min read
A New York Times investigation’s failure to amplify tuna DNA from Subway’s tuna salad sandwiches likely says more about the complexities of identifying processed fish than about the ingredients.
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Book Excerpt from Resetting the Table
Robert Paarlberg | Feb 3, 2021 | 5 min read
In his book’s introduction, author Robert Paarlberg advocates for the use of modern science in agriculture.
Lab-Evolved E. coli Consume Carbon Dioxide
Emily Makowski | Nov 27, 2019 | 3 min read
Bacteria that take in inorganic carbon could have applications in sustainable biofuels.
UCL to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics, Including Pipette Tips
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 25, 2019 | 3 min read
Britain’s largest university aims to eliminate single-use plastics, in the lab and elsewhere around campus, by 2024. How exactly the institution plans to meet that goal is yet to be determined.
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Is Mandatory Retirement the Answer to an Aging Workforce?
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2019 | 8 min read
For many, it’s not a question of when senior academics should leave their posts, it’s about how to distribute scarce resources such as grants and faculty positions more fairly.
Life Scientists Cut Down on Plastic Waste
Katarina Zimmer | Aug 1, 2018 | 8 min read
Across the US, laboratories are finding creative ways to minimize the amount of plastic they throw away.  
Modified Yeast Tolerate Alcohol, Heat
Kate Yandell | Oct 2, 2014 | 4 min read
Simple changes help yeast thrive in the presence of their own harmful byproducts and could boost biofuel production.
Protecting the World’s Oceans
Jef Akst | Aug 16, 2012 | 2 min read
An international group of researchers gives a score to coastal nations for their contribution to ocean health, and identifies main concerns.
Opinion: The Precarious Earth
Frank Biermann | Jun 18, 2012 | 3 min read
People are currently driving the planet on a crash course with global stability. Something must be done.
GM Crops Offer Natural Pest Control
Hayley Dunning | Jun 13, 2012 | 2 min read
Transgenic cotton plants that produce their own insecticide bolster local insect predator populations, which could serve as better long-term solutions to crop pests.
Can Fish Eco-Labeling be Trusted?
Jef Akst and Edyta Zielinska | May 14, 2012 | 2 min read
Programs that provide sustainable certification for fisheries may be too generous with their accreditation.
Environmental Visionary Dies
Rachel Nuwer | Sep 26, 2011 | 2 min read
Wangari Maathai, a human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, started a movement to plant more than 30 million trees and generate nearly 1 million jobs.
How Green Is My Lab?
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Jul 1, 2011 | 8 min read
Doing science sustainably
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