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Archive for April 2015

April 1, 2015

 

math problem

A New Number

Mathematicians discover a new number amidst a range of values that are too high to count.

April 1, 2015

 

blood cells pulsing in artery

The Parts of Metabolism

Anabolism builds tissues; catabolism breaks them down.

April 2, 2015

 

ventillator

One-Way Breathing: Not Just For Birds Anymore

Birds and many reptiles evolved a specialized way of breathing—one-way air flow.

April 3, 2015

 

X-ray of chest and shoulder

Broken Bones

Osteoclasts are the demolition crew of your body's bones, repairing and fusing fractures and breaks immediately.

April 6, 2015

 

alligator partly underwater

Face the Gator 

Despite their tough exterior, gators are extremely touchy.

April 7, 2015

 

close pin

Back To Basics 

Baking soda clears the air of bad odors by chemically neutralizing them.

April 8, 2015

 

acne-riddled skin covered up with makeup

Acne-Fighting Bacteria

Get tough on acne and fight bacteria with bacteria.

April 9, 2015

 

two painted turtles sun themselves on a log

The Heat is On for Painted Turtles

Temperature determines the sex of painted turtle hatchlings, and climate change is tipping the balance to an all-female future.

April 10, 2015

 

rock climbing wall

How Cells Get Around

Tracking how cells move around the body is key to preventing diseases, like cancer, from spreading.

April 13, 2015

 

long-haired cat

Why Do Cats Shed All Year?

Cats shed their fur in response to increased sunlight; most indoor cats, however, lose track of seasonal changes and therefore shed year around.

April 14, 2015

 

bacteriophage on the attack

Can Bacteria Get Sick?

Bacteriophages turn the table on bacteria and the hunter becomes the hunted.

April 15, 2015

 

baby eye

Unexpected Baby Skills 

As babies grow from six months to nine months, they lose their ability to distinguish between animal faces. Here's why:

April 16, 2015

 

thawing ice sheet

Frozen Fish

When frozen in water, fish remain in a state of suspended animation until spring melts the ice away.

April 17, 2015

 

plant cell under microscope

Can You Recognize a Plant Cell?

Take a tour of a plant cell to help you synthesize how photosynthesis works.

April 20, 2015

 

woman covered in paint as part of canvas

Imagining and Seeing 

When you use your imagination, you activate the same regions of your visual cortex as those used to see the outer world.

April 21, 2015

 

mama grizzly bear with cubs

Wild Europe  

There are some 17,000 grizzly bears throughout Europe, compared to only around 1800 in the contiguous United States.

April 22, 2015

 

Titan crescent moon

The Dunes of Titan

Astronomers discover wind patterns on Titan that recur over tens of thousands of years.

April 23, 2015

 

golden-winged warbler

Storm Birds  

Birds use infrasounds to sense storms long before dark clouds gather.

April 24, 2015

 

lips coated in lipgloss

Why Lips Go Dry

Lips are made of very sensitive tissue and, because we use our mouths constantly, are over-exposed to harsh environmental factors.

April 4, 2015

 

A Fairy Tale Forest: Part I

Bloodroot, spring beauty and Dutchman’s breeches are just a few of Southern Indiana's beautiful spring ephemerals.

April 20, 2015

 

Dwarf crested iris, a flower you may recognize from the talking flowers of Alice in Wonderland

A Fairy Tale Forest: Part II

Catch these spring ephemerals before they take a summer retreat!

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