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When the EPA needed a way to identify and measure pollutants, Robert Finnigan, an ex–Cold War engineer, offered his computerized mass spectrometer for the job.
The blaze that sparked the modern environmental movement . . . or did it?
An archives collection at the Science History Institute gives a glimpse of Americans’ early efforts at desalination, a technology that nations around the globe have come to depend on.
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How an obsession with crustaceans guided the naturalist toward his most consequential insights.
The long, wacky, and surprisingly thought-provoking history of trying animals in human courts.