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Ron Prinn, ScD '71The Climate Conundrum: Challenging Science, Economics, Technology, and Policy

Ron Prinn, ScD '71
TEPCO Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

I must confess that my views have evolved over the many years that I have worked in climate science. Twelve years ago, at the 1997 "Countdown to Kyoto" hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives, I testified that I was not convinced that human activity had yet made a detectable impact on the natural variations of the climate. But in the ten years that followed I had good reason to change my conclusions. [more]

The Great Climategate Debate

The MIT School of Science panel discussion, "The Great Climategate Debate", featuring Kerry Emanuel, Stephen Ansolabehere, Ronald Prinn, Judith Layzer, Henry D. Jacoby, and Richard Lindzen, is now on MIT World. [Watch Now]

Study points to dietary cocktail for Alzheimer's

Anne Trafton,News Office
July 8, 2008

A dietary cocktail that includes a type of omega-3 fatty acid can improve memory and learning in gerbils, according to the latest study from MIT researchers that points to a possible beverage-based treatment for Alzheimer's and other brain diseases. [more]

These images show the topography (a) and crustal thickness (b) of Mars (cylindrical projection). Main features labelled in (a) include Tharsis (Th), Arabia Terra (AT), Hellas (H), Argyre (A), and Utopia (U), as well as the Borealis basin outline (solid line).

MIT scientists solve riddle of Mars' two-faced nature

David Chandler, MIT News Office
June 25, 2008

A new analysis of the topography and gravity of Mars by researchers at MIT and NASA has solved one of the biggest remaining mysteries in the solar system - why the planet Mars has two completely different kinds of terrain, in its northern and southern hemispheres. In the process, they have identified what appears to be by far the largest impact scar found anywhere. [more]