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Archive for August 2017

August 1, 2017

 

a close-up image of a Venus Flytrap

The Venus Flytrap Countdown

Biologists confirm that Venus flytraps can count to 20.

August 2, 2017

 

2 whole bananas, one cut up banana

What Gas Ripens Fruit?

In the Old West, farmers thought the heat from kerosene stoves ripened fruit.

August 3, 2017

 

A turtle

Turtle Power

Have turtles always been able to retract their heads into their shells?

August 4, 2017

 

three mice: two in a running wheel, one with only head visible on the left

Three (No Longer) Blind Mice

In a recent experiment, scientists used transplated photoreceptors to restore vision in mice.

August 7, 2017

 

the white cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs Of Plankton

Naturally formed chalk rock could be described as a graveyard for plankton.

August 8, 2017

 

An elephant.

The Small Sleep

Some elephants can go forty-six hours without sleeping.

August 9, 2017

 

A canted grid

The Difference Between A Square And A Diamond

Perception is more than just how things are literally viewed.

August 10, 2017

 

A fish in a fish tank.

Evolving Fish Vision

Ancient fish that had evolved better eyesight may have hunted like crocodiles.

August 11, 2017

 

a gold ouroboros engraved on stone

Autocannibalism

Autocannibalism is when animals eat parts of their own bodies.

August 14, 2017

 

an illustration of a young woman being approached by a crow

Hansel And Gretel And Scientific Methods

Researchers who specialize in fairy tales are borrowing methods from biologists.

August 15, 2017

 

a bumble bee on a cluster of flowers

Bumblebee Footprints

Bumblebees know which flowers are the most promising food sources.

August 16, 2017

 

A baby chimpanzee facing the camera.

Do Chimpanzees Mourn Their Dead?

Chimpanzees may care for the bodies of their deceased relatives.

August 17, 2017

 

A child wearing eclipse glasses

Proper Eye Protection For A Solar Eclipse

Make sure to have the proper eyewear for the August 21st solar eclipse.

August 18, 2017

 

A diorama of sea creatures

Picture The Hyolith

Until recently, the hyolith resisted classification on the evolutionary tree of life.

August 7, 2017

 

A total solar eclipse with visible corona

What Is A Solar Eclipse?

There are four different types of solar eclipses.

August 11, 2017

 

From the artist:

A Brief History of Solar Eclipses

From thieving firedogs to mathematical calculations, peoples' understanding of solar eclipses has evolved.

August 16, 2017

 

A total solar eclipse with visible corona

The Sun’s Corona And Solar Eclipses

Total solar eclipses are when the sun's corona are most easily observed.

August 18, 2017

 

A boy in front of a chainlink fence

Viewing the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Trying to figure out how to experience the 2017 solar eclipse? We've got options for you.

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