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October 30, 2014

 

ash tray with nicotine patch

Nicotine Patch

The patch imparts increasingly smaller doses of nicotine over time to help the addict gradually break smoking habits without withdrawal effects.

October 29, 2014

 

stack of cinnamon sticks

Cinnabark

Do you know where cinnamon comes from? Bark from a Sri Lankan laurel tree.

October 28, 2014

 

gentian with closed petals

Shelter From the Storm

When gentians sense the cold air that precedes a downpour, they shutter their petals from the rain to protect their pollen.

October 27, 2014

 

Anthrax bacteria (green) being swallowed by an immune system cell

Anthrax Attacks

Anthrax is an infectious disease caused when spore-forming bacteria enter the body.

October 24, 2014

 

starlings flying in strange pattern

Are We Confusing the Birds?

Our electrical gadgets are jamming migratory birds' navigational senses.

October 23, 2014

 

3 people collaborate while standing around a table

Stand-Up Performance

Standing up while doing tasks makes workers more creative and collaborative.

October 22, 2014

 

Burgess Shale

Fossil Find Solves a Double Mystery

Scientists link mysterious ice-cream cone shaped fossils to Hallucigenia, a spiny, soft-bodied creature from 500 million years ago.

October 21, 2014

 

plastic bag in ocean

One Word: Plastics

There's so much plastic pollution in the environment, that plastic infused stones, or plastiglomerates, are forming all over the world.

October 20, 2014

 

mossy tree trunk

Mossy North Side

In the middle latitudes of the northern hemisphere, southward facing objects get more sunlight throughout the year.

October 17, 2014

 

rows of iron supplements

Iron Loading

You could be overdosing on iron without even knowing it, which can cause lethal damage to your heart and liver.

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