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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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?

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