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December 5, 2013

 

An underwater shot of a manatee.

Keeping Manatees Warm in the Winter

Manatees take winter refuge near power plants to stay warm; but plant closures threaten their survival.

December 4, 2013

 

A giant alligator sculpture foregrounds a cityscape.

The Force of an Alligator’s Bite

Scientists measure alligators' deadly jaws. The results: Alligators' jaws are deadly!

November 28, 2013

 

A cornfield with blooms of candy corn.

Sweet Corn’s Not-So-Sweet Rewards

The history of corn is marked by an increase in sweet flavor and a decrease in nutrition.

November 27, 2013

 

A male water bug suns his egg-laden back.

Sacrificial Fathers

Single fatherhood is hard for the male water bug. Afraid he'll eat his offspring, dad simply goes without.

November 26, 2013

 

Swans floating on the water form share a heart-shaped embrace.

Animal Scandals

Lovebirds long thought to be monogamous are just better at sneaking around.

November 22, 2013

 

A bee clings to a twig with it's mouth, and appears to be resting.

Do Bugs Sleep?

Sorry BUGS, your brain isn't equipped for REM sleep, or any sleep for that matter.

November 14, 2013

 

Suburban house and lawn are foregrounded by a patch of dandelions.

Why Crabgrass Always Wins at Monopoly

Crabgrass, the killer weed, inflicts chemical warfare on lawns and farms.

November 5, 2013

 

A set of four crocheted brains

Genetic Error and the Big Brain Theory

Scientists believe human brain development is the result of genetic mutations that occurred millions of years ago.

October 30, 2013

 

Boy surrounds by memo notes shudders to think.

Forgetfulness to the Rescue

Losing the ability to form memories can free up the brain to focus on survival.

October 28, 2013

 

Two baby salmon feed on water vegetation.

Salmon and Riparian Vegetation: Partners for Life

Without riparian vegetation, salmon would be in dire straits.

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