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Posts Tagged ‘biology’

Living Long Beneath the Sea

Living Long Beneath the Sea

  In the muck beneath the ocean floor, there’s something alive. Lots of somethings. But don’t worry: You’ll never see them. Instead, these tiny, one-celled germs are content to hunker down in very old clay, for a very long time, eating just enough to stay alive. [Read More]

Icy inns at Earth’s end

Icy inns at Earth’s end

  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, reminding us once again of the deadly threat icebergs can pose to life. Still, the bad reputation icebergs sometimes have isn’t entirely deserved — even if the scientists who study these [Read More]

Interrupting cancer’s travel plans

Interrupting cancer’s travel plans

Randy Watnickʼs pursuit of a better drug against metastatic cancer began late at night in early 2005. His infant daughter had woken up in tears at their home in Newton, Mass., near Boston. The molecular biologist climbed out of bed, scooped up the sobbing baby, and helped [Read More]

Green Hornets

Green Hornets

Oriental wasps turn ultraviolet light into energy, say researchers from Tel Aviv University. Listen to this show from the Loh Down on Science to learn more. [Read More]

Lotion takes a bite out of snake venom

Lotion takes a bite out of snake venom

For a person who has the rotten luck to get bitten by a poisonous snake, every second counts. That’s because venom can spread quickly from the site of the bite to the rest of the body, causing pain, suffering — even death. Australian scientists now have found a way to [Read More]

Gut Instinct

Gut Instinct

For every cell in your brain, bones, organs and blood, there are 10 bacteria. They’re not going anywhere, so you might as well get used to them. Bacteria can be helpful: Some live in the intestines and aid with digestion. They can also be harmful: Some bacteria cause [Read More]

Germy weather

Germy weather

Some people see hail; others see opportunity. I wrote a short snap for Science News for Kids about what a researcher found inside hailstones. Read it here. It was based on a longer Science News article by Janet Raloff. [Read More]

Wormy underground

Wormy underground

Scientists have discovered a new kind of nematode living in three-quarters of a mile underground in a gold mine in South Africa.  If worms can survive in extreme underground environments, then perhaps similar life exists deep beneath the surface of other planets. I wrote [Read More]

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Where will lighting strike?

Where will lighting strike?

  Michael McQuilken will never forget the day lightning struck his younger brother.   On August 20, 1975, he [Read More]

How we got to Ceres

How we got to Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft recently reached the orbit of Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest object in the asteroid [Read More]

Science in Hollywood

Science in Hollywood

There’s so much snow in the movie Frozen that the cold white stuff might as well be the star of the animated film. It [Read More]

Science behind the scenes

Science behind the scenes

  Jerry Zucker! Natalie Portman! Arthur C. Clarke! My article about the Science & Entertainment Exchange is [Read More]

Freeing the dinos within

Freeing the dinos within

Paleontologists have long faced a daunting obstacle to their research: Fossils are usually embedded in rock. To [Read More]

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