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Bacteria that live on the Atkins Diet

Bacteria have adapted to live in many niches; from the environmental bacteria that live in the soil and the seas, to the highly specialised intracellular bacteria that rely exclusively on their surrounding host for nutrients...

November 23, 2011 — S.E. Gould

Monarch Butterfly Genome Gives Clues about Slew of Migration Mysteries

The millions of monarchs ( Danaus plexippus ) that flit on fragile wings from the a particular area of fir forest in Mexico—as far as 4,000 kilometers—are making the journey for the first time."They have never been to the overwintering sites before and have no relatives to follow," Steven Reppert, a neurobiologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, said in a prepared statement.So how to do these insects know where to go?...

November 23, 2011 — Katherine Harmon

Tom Turkey's Terrific Vision

Not since Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd has there ever been such a set of rivals as Tom Turkey and Hunter Bob. Hunter Bob just can’t seem to get a turkey today.

November 23, 2011 — Cheryl Murphy

Eye movements give your dreams away

I recently got asked to cover a news story for COSMOS Magazine online. Go check it out. Even when asleep, portions of our brains associated with the planning and execution of a particular movement 'light up', according to new research into lucid dreamers.The study, published in a recent issue of Current Biology , used lucid dreamers - who can interact with and manipulate with their dream environment - to shed light on the mystery of our brain activity when we are asleep...

November 23, 2011 — James Byrne

Computerized Contact Lenses Could Enable In-Eye Augmented Reality

Over past 125 years, contact lenses have come a long way. What started off as relatively thick brown glass eye coverings first created by German ophthalmologist Adolf Fick has evolved into biosensor-laden polymer lenses that can measure eye movement, glucose concentrations in tears and intraocular pressure...

November 23, 2011 — Larry Greenemeier

Why One Pepper-Spraying Cop Image Dominates

When U.C. Davis police officer Lt. John Pike pepper-sprayed a line of student protesters last Friday, his actions were recorded in replicate. Dozens of cameras captured video and still images, and soon swarms of photographs seeped across the internet...

November 22, 2011 — Alex Wild

In Praise of Insignificance

A couple of years ago, I attended my first Amaz!ing Meeting -- an annual conference sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), founded by magician, escape artist, and scourge of fake psychics and pseudoscience around the globe James Randi...

November 22, 2011 — Jennifer Ouellette

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