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Humans Bring On Many Changes, Most Are Far From Painless

From atmospheric changes, to timelapse imagery from Google Earth...our planetary presence is hard to miss. This past week has seen the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth's atmosphere reach a level of 400 parts-per-million, a value the planet hasn't seen since several million years ago...

May 13, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Monday Music Video: Lab Rap Battle

A while ago, I wrote about a science version of the popular Epic Rap Battles of History about a showdown between Einstein and Hawking. It was amusing and a great way to use popular culture to highlight science.Capitalizing on the successful genre of Epic Rap Battles of History, Life Technologies has created a video highlighting two of their products...

May 13, 2013 — Joanne Manaster

Second Helpings: Recycling Cairo's Food Waste

Forget about candy bars and potato chips--if current trends continue, the term “junk food” might have an entirely new meaning. In January, a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers found that of the four billion tons of food produced globally, approximately half becomes waste...

May 13, 2013 — Layla Eplett

Growing old with NF-kB

Aging happens. As you get older, your body slows down, eventually your brain slows down, too. Some things go gradually, and some go suddenly.To many people, this might seem like a pretty random process...

May 13, 2013 — Scicurious

Unusual Offshore Octopods: More (Octopus) Suckers Born Every Minute in Cold Water

That octopuses can survive in the extreme, sunless environments around deep hydrothermal vents is surprising enough. But comparing octopuses that make their homes there has led to some even more interesting discoveries about animal development.The rarely seen Muusoctopus hydrothermalis live some 2,495 to 2,620 meters below the surface, along the East Pacific Rise...

May 12, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

The Incredible Importance of Mom

Imagine that you're an infant monkey, and you've just been thrown into a cage after several hours in isolation. You've been deprived of food, so you're starving.

May 12, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

Top 10 Commander Chris Hadfield Videos from the ISS!

Colonel Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut, a former mission specialist on STS-74 who also performed multiple EVAs on STS-100, and, for a few hours longer, the well-loved commander of the International Space Station mission 35...

May 12, 2013 — Joanne Manaster

Ants and the problem of impostor mothers

In honor of Mother's day, I present a portrait of a Tennessee winnow ant with her mom.But wait! This scene is not as heart-warming as it may seem. This mother has a dark past of murder, impersonation, and trickery.To explain the story, I'll start with a perhaps oversimplified observation about ant families...

May 12, 2013 — Alex Wild

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