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Megan Giddings

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January 19, 2018


a close-up image of a bed bug

First Class Bedbugs

One of the ways bedbugs spread is they hitch rides on airplanes.

January 18, 2018


a pea plant with purple flowers

Modern Biology in a Monastery Garden

Gregor Mendel built the foundation for our understanding of genetics.

January 17, 2018


a common hawker dragonfly

Female Dragonflies Fake Death to Survive

Only five insect species on Earth have been observed pretending to be dead to survive.

January 12, 2018


A close-up shot of a peacock's feathers

Colors That Don’t Fade

Scientists are researching ways to reproduce structural colors like those found on peacock feathers.

January 11, 2018


a flu shot

The Flu Vaccine And The 2017-2018 Flu Season

An explainer post about flu strains, vaccines, and why people are saying this year's vaccine may have only been ten percent effective.

January 9, 2018


A person reading

How We Read

The part of our eyes we use to see fine detail, and to read, is actually very limited: an angle of five degrees at the center of our field of vision.

January 8, 2018


a close-up image of tar

Neanderthals Used Tar As Glue

The oldest archaeological sites showing tar use are about 200,000 years old.

January 5, 2018


spruce tree roots

How Roots Soak Up Sunlight

Plants have evolved complex methods to ensure their survival.

January 4, 2018


A frozen soap bubble illuminated by sunlight

Freezing Bubbles Activity

Learn how to make bubbles that will freeze in cold temperatures.

January 4, 2018


a leaf that looks like it has a camouflage pattern

Dinosaur Camouflage

A recent study found evidence that an ankylosaur coloring was similar to the protective coloration we see in modern animals.

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