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November 26, 2015


luminol splatter

A Moment of Crime

Investigators shine a light on crime scenes mysteries with the help of luminol—a luminescent chemical that reacts with blood.

November 11, 2015


birds migrating

Digestion and Migration

During migration, birds' digestive system partially shuts down to conserve energy for flight.

August 18, 2015


 Athletic Feet of Runner Positioned at Starting Block

All Muscles Are Not Created Equal      

Running speed and strength depends on the type of muscular tissue one is born with.

June 15, 2015


vintage sci-fi book cover featuring space battle

Why Aliens Won’t Eat Us

If they exist, aliens give short shrift to humans as a food source.

November 15, 2014


climate change on/off switch

The Science Behind the China–U.S. Climate Pact

How will China and the U.S. reach their new goals for emissions reductions?

September 16, 2014


a up-close shot of a rose-ring parakeet's head

Girls Love a Guy With Shine

Male parrots' fluorescent feathers set all the girls' hearts a flutter.

September 10, 2014


A researcher holds a bulk compound semi-conductor synthesized for photovoltaic devices.

Tin Perovskite Solar Cells

Solar energy may be sustainable, but it's not efficient. Scientists trade silicon for perovskite to give solar cells a boost.

August 7, 2014


A cart full of tennis balls on a tennis ball court

Bouncing Balls

The more inflated a ball is, the less energy it coverts to heat, and the more energy it has to bounce.

April 1, 2014


A thermometer with blue fluid reads 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Feed A Fever, Starve A Cold?

Unfortunately, this old saying doesn't make a lot of sense in the context of modern science.

February 7, 2014


Different colored laser beams intersect in the darkness

Real Lightsabers?

While science still has a long ways to go, new research gives us hope that we may be able to make a real lightsaber someday.

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