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Terra Magazine is your window into OSU's research. And much of what we do impacts our world in dramatic ways. read about some of the research that is leading to wiser use of our natural resources or lowering the impact of human activities on the planet.

The Climate Diet


Friday, August 8, 2014
Supermarkets always tend to be one or two steps behind the First Alternative Co-op in Corvallis. Since its creation in 1970, this organization successfully led…

Living Well on an Altered Planet


Friday, August 8, 2014
With reports of climate doomsday on the horizon, many people seek a brighter outlook on the future but aren’t sure where to turn. In February…

Sustainability, Face to Face


Monday, November 11, 2013
Last February, when Lisa Baldinger arrived in Belém, a city of 2 million people on Brazil’s north coast, she didn’t speak a word of Portuguese.…

A Cheaper Cell


Thursday, October 10, 2013
Faster, cheaper, better. The conventional wisdom says you can’t get all three at the same time. But researchers at Oregon State say otherwise — at…

Roots of Relationship


Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The summer is warm and sunny in Corvallis, but my travels draw me east. Over and past the Cascades is an open land where the…

Posture for the Planet


Thursday, February 14, 2013
For many people, yoga is a form of relaxation. But in India, the birthplace of the exercise, yoga is beginning to stretch beyond the boundaries…

Eco-roofs and Earthquakes


Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Growing greenery on roofs brings many benefits. Buildings stay cooler, saving energy. Roofs last longer, saving money and materials. Birds and insects find new habitat,…

Behind the Screens


Sunday, September 9, 2012
Some of today’s flat-panel TV and computer screens are nearly as big as a living room wall. They bring us unimaginably sharp detail, from the…

Wheat for the West


Wednesday, June 6, 2012
It is arguably the plant that made the West. Pioneers brought wheat in practically every wagon on the Oregon Trail. It fed farm families in…

Toward a scholarly embrace


Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Ambling along the oaky trails at Finley Wildlife Refuge last Saturday morning — one of the first days without rain in a long, long time…

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