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July 4: The Birthday of Vincent Schaefer

  Today is the birthday of atmospheric scientist Vincent Schaefer, born in 1906. As a scientist at General Electric in Schenectady, New York, he invented cloud seeding, a method of seeding super-cooled clouds with dry ice. He discovered the concept … Continue reading

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Treasures in the Archives

Have you ever tried to clean out an attic, closet, or storage bin and gotten so sidetracked by all that you found—the old correspondence, photos, and other memorabilia—that you lost track of time? Hours go by as you read those … Continue reading

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The Early Years of a Biological Field Station

 Soon after the Huyck Preserve was founded in 1931, the Board of Directors began debating whether the property should have a greater purpose than just being used for hiking, swimming, and picnicking. Some wanted it to be purely recreational; others … Continue reading

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Vincent J. Schaefer (July 4, 1906-July 25, 1993)

Atmospheric scientist Vincent Schaefer, who invented cloud seeding when he worked at General Electric in the 1940s, was one of many scientists who played an important role at the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville, N.Y. He didn’t do his own research … Continue reading

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Tagging Frogs

  When Cornell biologist Edward C. Raney wanted to study frog behavior at the E.N. Huyck Preserve (Rensselaerville, N.Y.) in 1939, he knew he needed to improve on the usual methods for tagging the creatures. One technique involved making tiny … Continue reading

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Bats, Bats, Bats

  Who would have thought that scientists would make important discoveries in a makeshift laboratory housed in an old barn? In the summer of 1939, Harvard graduate student Donald Griffin was a research fellow at the Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve … Continue reading

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