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Archive for June 2014

June 2, 2014

 

Black kitten sitting on a blue and white towel

Killer Kitties

Our outdoor cats can do a lot of ecological damage when we're not watching.

June 3, 2014

 

Lots of bananas stacked on top of one another.

The Ins And Outs Of Fat Storage

Most people know that it's a good idea to stay away from fatty foods, but do you know how the body stores fat?

June 4, 2014

 

A close-up image of a dried tobacco leaf

A Very Hungry (Tobacco-Eating) Caterpillar

While the nicotine in tobacco is bad for humans, it's not bad for everyone in the animal kingdom.

June 5, 2014

 

A computer-generated representation of an individual's DNA

How Closely Related Are We?

We humans tend to focus on the differences between us, even in spite of abundant similarities.

June 6, 2014

 

Two colorful gobies side-by-side

Fish Out Of Water

The story of evolution is replete with twists and turns. The land-bound blenny fish is a prime example.

June 8, 2014

 

A close-up of a hippo's face

Do Hippos Swim?

Hippos hang out in the water most of the time, but are they good swimmers?

June 10, 2014

 

A false-color skull x-ray

Modern Science, Folktales And Williams Syndrome

Once upon a time, people may have understood this condition in terms of "elves" and "fairies". Thankfully, modern science gives us a more sensitive accounting.

June 11, 2014

 

Satellite image of the North Pole

Santa’s Revenge

Was the continental United State's chilly winter the result of global warming? If so, how could this be?

June 12, 2014

 

Chest X-ray

Detecting Odors Is Not Just for Your Nose

While we tend to associate olfaction with our noses and brains, other parts of our body also have a "sense of smell."

June 13, 2014

 

A microscopic worm sits next to a microscopic egg.

Run For Your Lives, Roundworms!

Roundworms don't actually need to mate to reproduce. When they do mate, though, the consequences can be deadly.

June 16, 2014

 

A Lego skeleton splashes down in water

A Skeleton Is Worth A Thousand Words

It's tricky business, but there's a lot you can figure out from a human skeleton if you know what you're doing.

June 17, 2014

 

A fruit fly on a leaf

Fruit Flies in My House

Even if you don't have a big bowl of fruit sitting out in your kitchen, fruit flies can still thrive. Here's what you can do to get rid of them.

June 18, 2014

 

A drinking fountain in a park

Down The Wrong Tube

Have you ever wondered what's really going on when you choke on what you're eating or drinking?

June 19, 2014

 

A school of fish

Climate Change Also Threatens Fish

Climate change isn't just bad for us land animals. It's bad for sea creatures as well.

June 20, 2014

 

A box jelly swims in an aquarium tank

The Incredible Eye Of The Box Jellyfish

The box jellyfish shows us that evolution is able to produce eyes in more than one way.

June 23, 2014

 

A sealion swims with its nose poking out of the water

Musical Mammals

It's not just humans that know how to groove. Other mammals do too!

June 24, 2014

 

Close-up of snarling lips

Is Lip Balm Addictive?

You may feel addicted to your lip balm, but are you actually addicted?

June 25, 2014

 

A satellite view of Europa's icy surface

The Ocean Of Europa

Could the frigid waters of Jupiter's moon Europa host alien life?

June 26, 2014

 

Microscope image of a phytoplankton

Phytoplankton, The Ocean’s Carbon-Grubbing Skin

Plankton aren't just the foundation of the ocean's food chain; they're also really important for getting carbon dioxide out of the air.

June 27, 2014

 

Several scallop shells lined up on a beach

Eyes With Mirrors

In the animal kingdom, not all eyes are created equal.

June 30, 2014

 

An empty, straight road

Have You Heard Of Bitumen?

You might not know it, but you very likely use bitumen every day.

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