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August 25, 2015


snowflakes through prism of light

Rainbow Snow

We dream of powdery white snow, but snow actually comes in multi-colored varieties.

June 22, 2012


a Peter Rabbit doll

Beatrix Potter’s Microscope

Potter's fascination with animals and plants began long before her literary career.

May 15, 2012


Possibly poisonous red tide

Red Tides

You may know that red tides have something to do with the ocean turning red near beaches, but you probably don't know what this means or why it's important.

March 5, 2012


swarm of jellyfish

What Is Causing The Swarms Of Jellyfish?

Scientists have been finding swarms of jellyfish, called blooms, all over the world.

May 6, 2009


Ringed Sacoglossan sitting at ocean bottom

Sea Slugs That Really Are What They Eat!

In some species, up to half the sugar produced by the captive chloroplasts is passed to the sea slug.

February 3, 2009


Beach with pink sand

The Biology of Sand

Many ocean-going life forms draw calcium from the water around them, and use it to secrete a hard exoskeleton, seashells for example.

October 3, 2008


Green scum in pond

Algae Biofuel

Researchers are working on ways to use algae to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels to power cars, trucks, and even airplanes. How?

June 2, 2008


A woman laying in a pool having "mermaid hair."

Mermaid’s Hair and Cancer

Does having Mermaid hair, which means laying down in a pool and letting your hair float, have benefits for cancer patients? Listen to learn more.

May 23, 2006



Coral–Plant Or Animal?

A coral reef could be said to be both animal and plant.

October 21, 2005


Photosynthesis without Sunlight

Photosynthesis is the biochemical process in which energy from sunlight is converted by plants, algae, and some bacteria into sugars, which are used by the organism as food. That is, these organisms convert the energy of the sun into a different form of energy. However, there is a least one exception: a little bacterium deep under the Pacific Ocean which manages photosynthesis without sunlight. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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