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Most zombie ant photographs are upside down

Has this Ophiocordyceps sent fruiting bodies up from the ant it killed? Not quite. Since we're on the topic of zombies, a public service announcement:Most zombie ant photographs are upside-down.

February 21, 2013 — Alex Wild

ENCODE, Apple Maps and function: Why definitions matter

ENCODE (Image: Discover Blogs) Remember that news-making ENCODE study with its claims that “80% of the genome is functional”? Remember how those claims were the starting point for a public relations disaster which pronounced (for the umpteenth time) the "death of junk DNA"?

February 21, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Physics Nobel Prizes and second acts

Luis Alvarez who after winning a Nobel Prize in physics, made a key contribution to a totally different field with his son Walter (left) (Image: Wikipedia Commons) A couple of days ago I wrote a post discussing chemists who did significant work after receiving a Nobel Prize.

February 21, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

3-D Printed Octopus Suckers Help Robots Stick

Four small 3-D printed robot suckers and two larger ones; image courtesy of Doug LaFon, U.S. Army Research Laboratory photographer Legions of animal-inspired robots are being created to improve military missions and disaster response efforts—from crawling cockroach-like RHex bots to leaping Sand Flea robots and the speeding Cheetah machines.

February 21, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

Introducing: Nicholas St. Fleur

This is a series of Q&As with new, young and up-and-coming science, health and environmental writers and reporters. They - at least some of them - have recently hatched in the Incubators (science writing programs at schools of journalism), have even more recently fledged (graduated), and are now making their mark as wonderful new voices explaining science to the public.

STAFFFebruary 21, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Stormwater Film Festival

On January 30, Plugged In’s unquenchable interest in infrastructure expressed itself in an actual tour of an infrastructure system itself. As part of ScienceOnline2013, the fabulous science/scientist/communications convention/festival/love-in held every year in my own city of Raleigh, I led a tour of the stormwater tunnels beneath the city of Raleigh.I know all about these tunnels because I splashed around in them while trying to figure out what happened to my stormwater when I was reporting my infrastructure book, On the Grid.Anyhow.

February 21, 2013 — Scott Huler

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