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November 9, 2017

 

bear in water scratching head

How Do Bears Scratch An Itch?

Got an itch? You should take a lesson from bears!

July 10, 2017

 

bird singing on some branches with a blue sky background

Bird Song Genes, FoxP2, And Reelin

Scientists studying zebra finch brains have identified about 2000 vocalization genes in a brain region known as Area X.

June 7, 2017

 

asian clam on beach

Clam Attack!

If you think the Clones on Star Wars were a threat, just wait until you hear about Asian clams.

June 2, 2017

 

close up of a cockroach

Faster Than A Speeding Roach

Cockroaches running at full speed rear up on their hind legs.

May 29, 2017

 

sheep in a flock

What Is The Science Behind Animals Moving In A Flock?

I find it interesting that many animals, like sheep, zebras, fish, and birds, tend to congregate and move around in flocks. What's the science behind flocking?

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.

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