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Natural Sciences

Fuel for Thought

Thumbnail image for Jester's Crowncropped.jpgWhat began with the father working quietly in a Eugene laboratory is now an aspiring business moving forward under the daughter.

Proton-Smashing Team Looks Beyond the Higgs Boson

Thumbnail image for HiggsBosoncropped.jpgOn the Fourth of July last year, physicists smashing together protons in a facility near Geneva announced that they had discovered a new elementary particle—that is, a particle that cannot be broken into smaller pieces.

All in a Day's Work

LeafCutterCropped.jpgAt first glance, the thousands upon thousands of leaf-cutter ants in Robert Schofield’s laboratory suggest nothing so much as chaos.

The Divine Stick Versus the Divine Carrot

AzimShariff.jpgAzim Shariff has found that religion does indeed influence behavior — depending on whether a culture believes in a punishing God or a forgiving God.

Online Extras

Mail Bag: Readers Respond

MailBag.jpgThe "Paper or Plastic?" story in the Fall, 2012 Cascade inspired several readers to write. 

Tiny Tour

TinyHouse3cropped.jpgTake a video tour of April Anson's 114-square-foot sustainably built home.

Germ of An Idea

Thumbnail image for JessGreen2013.jpg"You are your microbes," is the message from UO biologists in a TED Ed video and TEDx talk.

African Acoustics

DSC03444.jpgBiologist Janis Weeks and Marilyn Mohr of the UO Libraries play an African instrument called the mbira.

Geological Splendor

GeologyCropped.jpgA geologist shares some of her favorite photos of Oregon's geological wonders —and destinations beyond.

DUKTalks Videos

DUKTalks.jpgCheck out the College of Arts and Sciences variation on the TED Talks theme.