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May 12, 2017

 

japanese newt

Newt Regeneration And You

Each year, three million people have their eye lenses replaced with plastic ones. Artificial lenses are fine, but what if people could regrow their own?

May 4, 2017

 

Calypso Orchid

Calypso Orchid: Pollination By Deception

The calypso orchid is one of the most eye catching little flowers you'll see on forest floors across the Northern United States, Canada, and Europe.

March 8, 2017

 

A cheetah family of five lounges in the sun at the Smithsonian National Zoo

Cheetahs Cut from the Same Cloth

Cheetahs have survived devastating climate change and a resulting genetic bottleneck.

January 20, 2017

 

Nihon-Ama-Gaeru Japanese Tree Frog

How to Heave Your Guts

You've heard the expression "to heave your guts" used to refer to vomiting. In the case of frogs and toads, "heaving your guts" can have a literal connotation.

January 3, 2017

 

a red onion cut in half

Does An Onion A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

The same compounds that make people cry when slicing into an onion may also make them a healthy choice.

November 29, 2016

 

A close-up of a zebra's black and white stripes. The picture also appears to have been taken with black and white film or put beneath a black and white filter.

Why Don’t Humans Have Spots Or Stripes?

Ever wondered why we humans don't have spots or stripes? Well, maybe you haven't, but it is interesting that so many creatures are multicolored but we are not.

November 24, 2016

 

Fully Spread Peacock

Runaway Tail!

One common misconception people have regarding evolution is that the gradual changing of physical forms always benefits the species in question.

November 8, 2016

 

X-ray of a full set of teeth.

Evolution In Your Mouth

Humans may be evolving toward having less than thirty-two teeth.

September 21, 2016

 

Blue fluorescent light sculpted into the shape of a human face

It’s Not Easy Being Blue

Turning blue in the face is easier said than done.

August 1, 2016

 

Electron microscope image of the bacteria (bordetella pertussis) responsible for pertussis (whooping cough).

Bacterial Hooks

Scientists have found that some urinary tract bacteria use a hair‑like fiber to avoid being flushed out.

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