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UMass Amherst Launches Student-Run Sustainable Vineyard

Nov 21, 2018
Students at UMass work on the vineyard.
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UMass Amherst has created a vineyard for students to get first-hand experience in growing wine-quality grapes.

Forest trees.
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UMass Amherst biologists who study climate change say they've discovered 16 giant viruses — previously unidentified — in a western Massachusetts forest.

The rail platform at the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

A study of rail service options between Boston and western Massachusetts will look into plans involving high-speed trains and regular passenger rail.

The fungal disease white-nose syndrome has killed off millions of bats across America. Since it was first identified in 2006, it’s appeared on bats in more than 30 states, including all of New England, Quebec, and the Maritimes.

Now, scientists are trying to learn more about the impact of this devastating disease, by listening to the calls of the bats left behind.

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and friends and share a meal together. For many U.S. families, that means roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry, and pumpkin pie. But for some refugee families, the holiday can be a time to share native dishes and new holiday traditions.