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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 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 26, 2014

 

red peppers

Chili Vs. Other Flavors

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

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 24, 2014

 

child with

Long-term Effects of Bullying

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

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 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 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 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.

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