The College of William & Mary in Virginia (also known as The College, William & Mary, or W) is a public research university located in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. Privately founded in 1693 by letters patent issued by King William III and Queen Mary II, it is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States after Harvard University.
Is artificial photosynthesis the next big thing in alternative energy?
William & Mary chemist William McNamara is taking a "bio-inspired" approach to the world's energy crisis by turning to nature's very own chemical power plant: photosynthesis.
Red-cockaded woodpeckers continue to surpass expectations
The Center for Conservation Biology has just completed the year-round monitoring of the state's only population of the woodpecker at the Nature Conservancy's Piney Grove Preserve. Surveys resulted in new ...
How to monitor oil spills under the ice? Just go with the floe
The Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010 went on for 87 days. The breached underwater well pumped out an estimated 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Monitoring technology allowed responders ...
Sonic nets viewed as a safe, humane way to shoo hungry birds
Scarecrows have never worked, and history shows that advancements in technology haven't worked much better when it comes to shooing birds away from ripening crops.
A thousand years of environmental change in Polynesia
Environmental change is nothing new in Polynesia. For centuries, the inhabitants of the volcanic, sea-battered islands have been employing a variety of strategies to adapt to their changing landscapes.
Monarchs and milkweed: Probing the plant, pollinator partnership
As dwindling populations of monarch butterflies prepared for their annual migration, two undergraduate students in the William & Mary Plant Ecology Lab spent their summer trying to more deeply understand the plants upon which ...
James River eagle population continues its historic rise
Despite harsh weather conditions early in the breeding season, the bald eagle population along the James River continued to push forward in 2014.
Ray tracing and beyond
Ray tracing is simple to explain at one level: "We all do it all day long: That's how you navigate the world visually," Gene Tracy explains. "The fact that I know that you're sitting there and not over there is because the ...
Creative adaptation of a quadcopter
They don't call it a drone, because it's not a drone.
From the smartphone to the Cloud and back again
Mike Panciera had already helped a blind man navigate the perilous fantasy worlds of video games. It made sense that the next step would be to design a mobile app to help the blind find their way through ...
Study documents effects of mercury on songbird reproduction
(Phys.org) —Mercury takes a toll on the population of songbirds, even at sublethal doses. Research conducted on captive birds at William & Mary showed that reproductive success went down as the dosage of ...
Abundance of Chesapeake Bay's underwater grasses increases
An annual survey led by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that the abundance of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay increased 24 percent between 2012 and 2013, reversing ...
The importance of neutrino research to physics
Neutrinos are interesting to physicists for some of the same reasons that pottery shards are interesting to archaeologists. Just as archaeologists study broken clay pieces to construct a story about the society ...
'Milking' brown recluse spiders for silk
(Phys.org) —Rabbit, a brown-recluse spider, is fastened to the proverbial treadmill in Hannes Schniepp's Nanomaterials & Imaging lab. She is restrained but relaxed. Her spinnerets are churning out exquisite ...
Blue herons are nesting among the bald eagles, but why?
In February, the great blue herons of the Chesapeake Bay region will begin their nest building or repair chores and their mating rituals—perhaps in a tree they've been sharing with bald eagles.