With thousands of New Jersey children sickening from lead poisoning every year, some university scientists are zeroing in not only on corroded pipes and industrial dumps, but on a substance called “biosolids,” or “sewage sludge”.
After decades of neglect, New Jersey's notoriously polluted Passaic River is finally targeted for a $1.4 billion cleanup – one of the most expensive efforts in the federal Superfund program’s 36-year history.
In 1943, a vast field in the New Jersey town of Middlesex was part of the Manhattan Project, the top-secret program that created the atomic bomb. It took the federal government nearly 40 years more to discover that radioactive material had been left behind -- and for the land to be targeted for cleanup.
As high fashion cultivated by gay designers proliferates in hip-hop, there’s been some predictable backlash. With misogyny and homophobia one of the prominent characteristics of the genre, it's hard to say whether the industry will leave those prejudices behind.
After Amanda Autore suffered a traumatic brain injury, her chemistry professor suggested she leave the major.
"That was a slap in the face," Autore recalled. Instead, she established the first Rutgers club for students with disabilities.
"I can still go and get my Ph.D. if I want to," she said. "Which I do."
Subjected to the heightened pressures of beauty, and a culture enveloped in social media, photoshopped advertisements and reality TV, teens have turned to cosmetic procedures to modify their "flawed" features, and to feel more comfortable in public.