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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 9, 2014

 

two jellyfish swim next to each other

Wisconsin Jellyfish

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

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 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.

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