Master Gardeners visit Little Sprouts Early Learning Center

A group of Master Gardeners under the leadership of Claudia Kunath recently continued their education program at the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center with a presentation about the season of autumn. "Our goal with this presentation was to focus on the season of fall and what happens to trees and seeds," explained Claudia Kunath, the Team Leader for the Master Gardeners for Little Sprouts. The group staged a story complete with puppets and props, and then set up stations for crafts and further examination of seeds and fall foliage.

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Rutgers remembers naturalist who documented fisher’s re-emergence in N.J.

Rutgers University will dedicate a kiosk at the entrance to a network of nature trails on its Livingston campus Sunday in memory of naturalist and former student Charlie Kontos, who died suddenly in 2010 at the age of 33. Kontos, who was an adjunct professor and PhD candidate at Rutgers, is widely credited with discovering the re-emergence of the fisher in New Jersey when he captured a photograph of one of the small carnivorous mammals in 2006. Before his discovery, the fisher was thought to have left the Garden State long ago.

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Rutgers: Adding casino gambling to race tracks would benefit all of New Jersey

The Rutgers Equine Science Center released "2014 State of the New Jersey Horse Racing Industry", a follow-up to the 2009 white paper which reported the impact of slot machines and video lottery terminals on the horse racing and breeding industry, agriculture, and open space. The authors of the current report, Dr. Karyn Malinowski, Director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center and Dr. Paul Gottlieb, Chair of the Rutgers Department of Agricultural, Food, Resource Economics, utilized indicators of horse racing industry health in comparison to two neighboring states where alternative gaming revenue supports horse racing. These indicators included: purse monies awarded, number of race days, races restricted to state-bred horses only, mares bred, and foals registered.

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Many experts say technology can’t fix climate change

As scientific proposals go, these might well be labelled pie in the sky. Indeed, most of the atmosphere-altering techniques that have been suggested to combat carbon-induced global warming are more science fantasy than workable fixes, many climate experts say…One method put forward for getting the rotten-smelling stuff into the stratosphere could well have been conceived by warped cartoonist Goldberg. "You could make a tower up into the stratosphere, with a hose along the side" says Alan Robock, a top meteorologist at New Jersey’s Rutgers University who has long studied SRM concepts.

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New frog species discovered in New Jersey, New York

As biologists explore ever further into the outer reaches of the planet, sometimes the next new species is on Staten Island. A Rutgers researcher and a team of coauthors have discovered a new species of frog that had been hiding in plain sight along the east coast, according to a new paper published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE…"The discovery of a new frog species from the urban Northeast is truly remarkable," said Jeremy Feinberg, a doctoral candidate in Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, who said the discovery "was really an accident."

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