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Archive for September 2014

September 1, 2014

 

tomato plant sprouts

Dormant Seeds

Some seeds lie dormant as a survival technique: they wait until weather conditions are optimal to make their big debut.

September 2, 2014

 

Salty dog cocktail in salt-rimmed glass

Salty Seas

Oceans became saline hundreds of millions of years ago as rainfall mixed with sodium from the Earth's crust.

September 3, 2014

 

swimming pool handstand

Killer Chlorine

Small doses disinfect, but large chlorine quantities are deadly to humans.

September 4, 2014

 

artists rendering of zombie virus cells

Zombie Plants

These zombies don't go for brains, they're after your flowering plants.

September 5, 2014

 

a beaker containing electrodes is used to perform water electrolysis

Plant-free Ethanol

Scientists produce ethanol from carbon monoxide—a breakthrough that may provide clean and sustainable energy.

September 8, 2014

 

gills from a mushroom cap

Prototaxites: Giant Fungus

Long before animals roamed the earth, Prototaxites existed—a twenty-foot organism that some scientists classify as a giant fungus.

September 9, 2014

 

two jellyfish swim next to each other

Wisconsin Jellyfish

Jellyfish turn up in the unlikeliest of places...a Wisconsin sandstone quarry.

September 10, 2014

 

A researcher holds a bulk compound semi-conductor synthesized for photovoltaic devices.

Tin Perovskite Solar Cells

Solar energy may be sustainable, but it's not efficient. Scientists trade silicon for perovskite to give solar cells a boost.

September 11, 2014

 

Phytoplankton and zooplankton from a drop of sea water viewed under a microscope

Climate Change and Ocean Life

Climate change isn't just about rising tides overtaking land; climate change may destroy vast oceanic ecosystems.

September 12, 2014

 

chess board

Photographic Memory

Photographic memory is a myth. People with uncanny memorization skills are just really good at organizing information on familiar topics.

September 15, 2014

 

feathered 3-D representation of Velociraptor from the Australian Museum, Sydney

Velociraptor: Fact and Fiction

The Velociraptor wasn't nearly as big and scary as in the movie Jurassic Park, but it was just as deadly.

September 16, 2014

 

a up-close shot of a rose-ring parakeet's head

Girls Love a Guy With Shine

Male parrots' fluorescent feathers set all the girls' hearts a flutter.

September 17, 2014

 

spandrel and dome of cathedral

Word of the Day—Spandrel

An architectural term meaning leftover space, spandrel is used in science to describe evolutionary byproducts.

September 18, 2014

 

Blue Angels disperse in flight

Fruit Flies are In-Flight Experts

Fruit flies are unbelievably quick and agile: They can steer out of harm's way in under seven milliseconds!

September 19, 2014

 

Man drinks bottled water near waterfront

Water on the Brain

The scientists found that drinking when thirsty activates the orbitofrontal cortex—an area of the brain linked to emotional decision making.

September 22, 2014

 

chimpanzee plays with a pair of discarded jeans

Show Some Self control

Scientists discover that species with bigger brains are better at self control and problem solving.

September 23, 2014

 

Kid with gaping smile and missing front tooth

Why Are We Born With Baby Teeth?

Infant jaws are too small to accommodate adult-sized teeth, so smaller teeth are necessary until the jaw grows to its mature size.

September 24, 2014

 

child with

Long-term Effects of Bullying

The experience of childhood bullying can cause life-long torment.

September 25, 2014

 

termite colony  more photos from the Yasuni Research Station

Termite Turf

Termite colonies are fascinating microcosms of social order (that will eat you out of house and home).

September 26, 2014

 

red peppers

Chili Vs. Other Flavors

Bad news for spice addicts: Chili numbs your taste buds to other flavors.

September 29, 2014

 

Cooked shrimp in shells

Plastic From Shrimp

Shrilk—a mixture of silk and shrimp shells—is a game-changer for biodegradable plastics.

September 30, 2014

 

This is a composite of a series of images photographed from a mounted camera on the Earth-orbiting International Space Station

Surviving Space

Bacterial spores, lichens and plant seeds were exposed to outer space conditions for 18 months, and lived to tell about it!

September 7, 2014

 

A doorknob on a wooden door, which is partly open. A radiator is inside the room.

Potential Forensic Applications Of Microbial Samples

Researchers at the Home Biome Project trace bacterial samples back to specific houses.

September 13, 2014

 

Red and green beans clump on a Robusta coffee plant.

Evolution of the Java Jive

Researchers find that caffeine evolved in coffee, tea, and chocolate independently.

September 21, 2014

 

Three people look into the night sky with binoculars and a telescope during a meteor shower.

Helping NASA From Home

NASA wants YOU to help them make new discoveries! Crowdsourcing alleviates big data problems for astronomers.

September 27, 2014

 

A man in front of the IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer, which fills a room.

Turn Your Computer Into A Citizen Scientist

Through distributed computing, researchers who need large amounts of computing power can parcel out research components to private computers.

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