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  • Water, Desert, and Salt

    UMass Amherst researchers tackle an Atacama Salar mystery

    The Atacama Desert in Chile is the driest non-polar desert in the world. Rain gauges have stood in the desert for seventy years but never caught a drop of rain. Here, the ambient temperature gets so... More

  • Clean Soil, Safe Food

    Environmental and soil chemist works to make the world a healthier place

    Identified as a most highly cited researcher in the area of environmental and ecological sciences by Thompson-Reuters for the past three years, Baoshan Xing, an environmental and soil chemist in the... More

  • RiverSmart Communities

    Helping Massachusetts residents understand and withstand flooding

    Rivers connect us. Parks run alongside them, bridges cross them, farms flourish in the rich soil beside them. When floods like those caused by 2011’s Hurricane Irene occur, they don’t just destroy... More

  • Outrageously Luminous

    Undergraduate discovers galaxies brighter than any previously known

    Astronomers are used to describing the brightest galaxies in the cosmos as “ultra-luminous” or “hyper-luminous.” Kevin Harrington ’16 has discovered eight galaxies so much brighter than any... More