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“A Beak Boom Millions of Years Ago Created the Diversity of Bird Bills We Know Today”

By: Meaghan Lee Callaghan | February 2, 2017

Birds sing with them, eat with them, and fight with them: Long, needle-like projections that wrangle worms from the muck, sharp hooks that rip carrion to shreds, or sacks that gulp water and fish. Across the globe, bird bills vary widely in shape, color, and purpose. But while scientists have developed theories on how the vast diversity of beaks evolved, they never had the tools or fossil specimens needed to truly piece together the history of the bird beak.

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“How to recycle plastic at home”

By Meaghan Lee Callaghan | Jan-Feb 2017 Issue Popular Science

When humans move into new territory, we leave waste behind, and one of our most harmful byproducts is plastic. Dave Hakkens wants to solve the planet’s plastic problem with a build-it-yourself home recycling system that will make the material easy to reuse.

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AudioFiles Season 5

A news magazine from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in Times Square, Manhattan. Producer for shows 1 and 5. Assistant Producer for show 3.

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“13 Urget Science and Health Issues the Candidates Have Not Been Talking About”

A series, Scientific American | November 3, 2016

Abandoning the Coasts
By Meaghan Lee Callaghan

Hurricane Matthew, which devastated Haiti and deluged huge swaths of North Carolina earlier this month, was the latest in a barrage of catastrophic storms to hit U.S. coastlines in recent years. With storms and flooding along the coasts intensifying due to climate change, experts say it is time for a paradigm shift in how we think about our coasts, home to nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population. “I wouldn’t put my money in investing in real estate at the coast, certainly not in the long term,” says Jeff Williams, a coastal marine geologist and scientist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey.

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“An Artist is Growing A Skeleton Human Hand In A Lab”

By Meaghan Lee Callaghan | Sept-Oct 2016 Issue Popular Science

New-media artist Amy Karle has always been enthralled by science. She grew up around her mother’s medical research lab and studied genetic engineering in college. Now Karle, who previously performed an art piece where a computer mapped her biofeedback as she meditated, is growing a skeletal human hand.

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“Soil Microbe Transplants Could Help Restore Damaged Ecosystems”

By: Meaghan Lee Callaghan | July 11, 2016

After humans have used and abused land, ecosystem restoration efforts can transform the landscape into what it once was – a forest, grassland, wetland. But sometimes, even with our best efforts, the wanted plants and other organisms just don’t take hold.

In a new study released in Nature Plants on Monday, scientists say they may have found a missing, vital component: microbes.

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Monk Parakeet

“New York’s Tropical Treasure”

By: Meg Callaghan | Dec. 15, 2015

NEW YORK CITY – As temperatures drop and the days shorten, one immigrant group from the Southern Hemisphere doesn’t seem to mind conditions here. Surrounded by ducks, geese and other winter weather birds, the lime green and gregarious monk parakeets seem out of place in the greying, late fall sky. That is, if you notice them at all.

Though the ranges of many parrot species have shrunk in the last century, the South American monk parakeet, also known as the Quaker parakeet, has made enormous advances in territory throughout the globe, including in the New York metro area. Despite dispersing through the exotic pet trade that grew in the 1970s, the birds have generally stayed off New Yorkers’ radar, unlike various other non-native species in the area. Unless a noisy colony of parakeets has taken up residence near your home, the birds can be hard to spot.

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Graduates should bring environmental sustainability into the workplace

By: Meg Callaghan | May 8, 2014

Syracuse University, as well as SUNY- ESF, has taught us environmental sustainability over our time spent here, if not in classes, then by example. We recycle in all academic buildings, residential halls and offices. We compost our food waste in our dining centers and cafés. We work in high efficiency computer labs.

We’ve spent the last four years surrounded by an atmosphere of sustainability, and as this section of our lives comes to an end, we shouldn’t throw away our knowledge and experiences that we’ve accumulated.

We should recycle them.

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