Jeffrey Romain

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Your Diamond Ring Might Explain the Origin of Life on Earth

A geochemist re-examines the deep carbon cycle<p>In 1958, the Smithsonian Institution received a plain paper package in the mail. The only hint of its contents was the insurance on the brown carton, registered for one million dollars. Nestled inside the box sat the largest known blue diamond in the …

Surfing Seals Catch a Wave in South Africa

Off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, two powerful ocean currents meet. The cold Benguela Current in the west mixes with the warm Agulhas Current at the tip of the continent, resulting in an area rich with marine biodiversity.<p>The rugged coastline also produces powerful swells at a place where …

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