Lord Nelson, a Rutgers Horse, Dies

Lord Nelson, the only horse to be penalized in a college football game, died. Rutgers University said Lord Nelson was 42. One of his duties during his 37-year Rutgers career was carrying the university’s Scarlet Knight mascot during football games. Against Army, in 1994, Lord Nelson was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after he broke free and raced down the sideline at Giants Stadium.

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Review: In ‘Antarctic Edge,’ a Region of Retreating Ice

There aren’t many uncharted areas left on the globe, but "Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South" takes viewers to a spot where surveying is so scarce that the destinations may diverge from their locations on a map. Exploring that terrain could mean getting caught in ice for a month, as one scientist in the film recounts experiencing… The movie, a collaboration between marine science and film divisions at Rutgers University, takes a dry, educational-documentary approach to its material. But if talk of sampling krill and phytoplankton populations conjures memories of biology class, "Antarctic Edge" illustrates its points effectively, providing vivid evidence of how shrinking ice at the South Pole affects climates across the globe.

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Rutgers’ Lord Nelson, the Horse Once Flagged for a Penalty at Giants Stadium, Dies

Sad news from New Brunswick on Tuesday- Lord Nelson, a police horse who worked at Rutgers University and who later was ridden by the Scarlet Knight mascot at football games, passed away at age 42… Lord Nelson is also the answer to one of the more quirky pieces of trivia: He’s one of the only horses to be penalized during a college football game… Way back in October of 1994, Rutgers faced Army at Giants Stadium. After scoring a touchdown, Rutgers went up 16-14, but here’s what happened before the PAT, according to the New York Times: "Rutgers missed the extra point because of one of its mascots, a horse. Exuberant over what turned out to be the winning touchdown, the rider swept onto the field and rode down the sidelines. That cost the Scarlet Knights 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the kicker, Eddie Duborg, had to try his conversion from 35 yards out. He missed."

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The Hands Have it: Food Safety Through Handwashing

Handwashing is simple. Science says otherwise. Despite endless statements to just wash hands to be safe — in the kitchen, in food service, at the petting zoo- little research has been done to quantify what actually works when it comes to hand washing… Dr. Donald Schaffner, a professor of food safety at Rutgers University, and colleagues, have attempted to add some science to the discussion… "Many people seem to have strongly held opinions about handwashing, says Schaffner, "but the research base for those opinions is lacking. Our research begins to dispels some popular beliefs about hand washing."… The researchers showed that even a minimal handwash (5 seconds, no soap) can remove about 90 per cent of bacteria on hands.

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Scientists Pore Over Warm West, Cold East Divide

From blooming flowers to twittering birds, the signs of spring are popping up and the miseries of winter are becoming a distant memory for many. But not for some climate scientists… The curiosity of a growing group of researchers has been piqued by the tenacious temperature divide that has separated East from West over the past two winters as a wild zigzag of the jet stream has brought repeated bouts of Arctic air and snow to the East and kept the drought-plagued West baking under a record-breaking dome of heat… That study, also detailed in Geophysical Research Letters, suggests that while the Pacific heat set the atmospheric pattern in motion, Arctic sea ice loss in a particular region made the warm/cold difference so extreme, said Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University… Francis, who wasn’t involved with either study, is one of the main proponents of an idea that by altering how much heat the ocean lets out, sea ice melt and Arctic warming can also change atmospheric circulation patterns, in particular by making the jet stream form larger peaks, or highs, and troughs, or lows. Hence the more intense difference between East and West the last two winters.

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