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Wormholes In Art Trace Species Through Time and Space

Image of a print showing small wormhole traces; courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Wormholes aren't just for time travel or teleportation anymore. Some very real and ancient wormholes are now helping to trace the distribution of insect species and artwork.A biologist found himself in the unlikely world of centuries-old European woodblock print art.

November 20, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Animal vision evolved 700 million years ago

All animal eyes and eye-spots contain opsin, a protein that captures light. This is the compound eye of Antarctic krill. Photo by Gerd Alberti and Uwe Kills Gaze deep into any animal eye and you will find opsin, the protein through which we see the world.

November 20, 2012 — Lucas Brouwers

Black may not crack, but it can sunburn

Dr. Rubidium at Thirty-Seven drops some serious science dispelling the myth that Black folk don't get sunburn.In verse 3 of Clique , Kanye re-interates this myth.

November 20, 2012 — DNLee

Last 22 Gobi Bears Endangered by Climate Change in Mongolia

Even as the ice-dwelling polar bear is threatened by climate change, so, too, is another bear that lives in a completely different habitat. In this case it's the critically endangered Gobi bear ( Ursus arctos gobiensis ), the only bear species that has adapted to desert life.

November 20, 2012 — John R. Platt

Does Eating Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

TRANSCRIPTAfter Thanksgiving dinner, many people start to feel a little drowsy. Turkey typically gets the blame. It supposedly contains high levels of tryptophan, an amino acid that is sold in a purified form to help people fall asleep.But turkey contains about the same amount of tryptophan as chicken, beef and other meats.If Thanksgiving drowsiness is not about the main course, what is responsible?

STAFF November 20, 2012 — Ferris Jabr

Mycoplasma "Ghosts" Can Rise From the Dead

"Ghosts" of Mycoplasma mobile -- stripped down cytoskeleton covered in the tattered remains of the cell membrane. Source: Nakane and Miyata 2007.

November 20, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

Quantum Cryptography At The End Of Your Road

In April of this year I wrote about how quantum cryptography (more properly called Quantum Key Distribution or QKD) was leaving the laboratory bench and is balanced on the cusp of entering into real-world use.

November 20, 2012 — Alan Woodward

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