Tag archive for College of Agriculture Forestry and Life Sciences

the colors of indigo

Andrea Feeser's new book, Red, White, and Black Make Blue: Indigo in the Fabric of Colonial South Carolina Life, tells a new kind of indigo story, in multiple hues.

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Carbon’s magic carpet

If you set fire to this page, a flake of ash might rise and float away. That little smidgen of carbon, as black as the wing of a crow, is so fragile it crumples to dust when it lands in the palm of your hand.

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Wrapping up food safety

After missionaries working in anti-Christian areas asked for a self-contained package that included bread as a cup with wine or grape juice sealed inside. The idea: Leave no evidence behind after taking communion.

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In science, creativity is at first hypothetical

Lesly Temesvari would like to bury the notion that creativ­ity and science are somehow at odds.

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Jumping the ditch

So creativity, Paul says, does not necessarily yield a work that everyone instantly recognizes as good. In many cases, it reconfig­ures our idea of what good is.

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Waking from the nightmare of sleeping sickness

You’ve heard, “Starve a fever,” but what Jim Morris is trying to starve out is African sleeping sickness.

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Dysentery’s life raft

In regions with poor sanitation, amoebic dysentery delivers gut-wrenching misery to about 50 million people worldwide.

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Forest by Nature

In much of the Southeast, the landscape’s native vocation is forest. But when European settlers arrived here, they did not find a forest primeval, wild and pristine.

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Genetics and the coat of many colors

The blue merle walks into the room, her long, luxurious coat following the geography of her body like contour lines on a hiking map. Everyone gazes at her, reaches to touch her, wants to be her friend.

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As close as someone you care about

Brian Booth is looking for a way to tame a wild child. Cancer is genetics’ wild child, relentless, growing from cell to tumor, restless, reaching from brain to bone, reckless, destroying even the body it makes home.

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