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June 30, 2014

 

An empty, straight road

Have You Heard Of Bitumen?

You might not know it, but you very likely use bitumen every day.

May 12, 2014

 

A fruit fly with bright red eyes sits on a red wall.

Fruit Fly Slumber

Ever wonder if fruit flies sleep? Find out on today's A Moment of Science.

September 3, 2012

 

zebra fish's face

Fear Smells Like Sugar

Fear smells like sugar. At least that's the case for zebra fish.

December 22, 2008

 

Minnows swimming at river bottom

For Minnows, A Suicidal Survival Strategy

If a minnow's skin is damaged by an attacking pike, it releases a chemical that attracts more pike. Why would a minnow want to attract more trouble?

November 4, 2008

 

Crayfish on Rock

Urine Signalling, Part 1

It's strange, but true: lobsters and crayfish communicate by shooting streams of urine at each other. It sounds bad, but many animals produce this as language.

August 21, 2007

 

Blood filled mosquito

Mosquito Repellants

After you cover your body in bug spray, you might wonder, just how does this stuff work, and if mosquitoes don't like it, what is it doing to my body?

January 9, 2007

 

Magic Mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms

Can these "magic" shrooms tell us more about our brain chemistry?

November 14, 2006

 

a red parasite plant grows on a juniper tree

Plants on Plants

Some plants have parasitic behavior that destroys their plant hosts, but are there benefits too?

October 9, 2006

 

a droplet of water on a leaf

Geogenesis

Geogenesis is the scientific term for the beginning of something very important, life. How did it all begin?

May 8, 2006

 

lamb

Why You Can’t Bleach Sheep

Why is it okay to bleach cotton cloth, but not wool?

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