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Last remnant of North American ice sheet on track to vanish

The last piece of the ice sheet that once blanketed much of North America is doomed to disappear in the next several centuries, says a new study by researchers at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Last remnant of North American ice sheet likely to disappear in 300 years

Study led by Giff Miller finds that current Arctic warming is almost unheard of in past 2.5 million years.

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Chile’s glacial lakes pose newly recognized flood threat

As mountain glaciers retreat in a warming climate, meltwater lakes can burst through unstable ice or moraine barriers. To systematically assess Chile's outburst potential, a science team compiled a nationwide inventory of more than 3000 glacial lakes and identified those likely to flood.

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New interdisciplinary center explores the beginnings - of everything

How do you study a historical event? This is the challenge that faces all studies of origins, which take place in virtually every academic field. A new Center for the Study of Origins at CU, funded through and part of the campus-wide Grand Challenge initiative, is one of the top two places in the world for collaborative origins research across disciplines. The center is primed to investigate an under-appreciated but important issue: the diversity, nature and justification of theories about the past, and how they inform our understanding of both the present and the future.

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A spoonful of drama makes the climate science go down: Denver play uses guidance from local labs

Now playing at the Denver Center of Performing Arts through March 12, Two Degrees follows Dr. Emma Phelps, a paleoclimatologist studying climate change in Greenland who recently lost her husband. Emma is invited to Washington D.C. to present her research at a Senate hearing in hopes of preserving the environmental protections currently in place. Always interested in the environment, author Tira Palmquist set to work learning everything she could about climate change. She then enlisted the help of laboratories around Boulder including the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Institute of Alpine and Arctic Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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The Economist: America’s first immigrants had to wait 8,000 years to be admitted

How America was originally colonised is a topic of perennial interest at the AAAS. The puzzle may be nearing a solution, with archaeological digs pushing physical evidence of America’s settlement back in time, and a different model of linguistic evolution bringing the common ancestor of Native-American tongues forward.

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