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Stories by Susanne Bard

Superstrong Fibers Could Be Hairy Situation

Human hair tested stronger than thicker fibers from elephants, boars and giraffes, providing clues to materials scientists hoping to make superstrong synthetic fibers.

December 24, 2019 — Susanne Bard

Linguists Hear an Accent Begin

Residents of an overwintering station in Antarctica provided linguists with evidence of the first small changes in speech that may signal the development of a new accent.

December 11, 2019 — Susanne Bard

Ranking Rise May Intimidate Opponents

In an analysis of chess and tennis matches, players rising in the rankings did better than expected against higher-ranked opponents and better than similarly ranked players who were not rising...

November 6, 2019 — Susanne Bard

Odd Bird Migrates Twice to Breed

The phainopepla migrates from southern California to the desert Southwest to breed in the spring before flying to California coastal woodlands to do so again in summer.

October 24, 2019 — Susanne Bard

Galloping Ant Beats Saharan Heat

The Saharan silver ant feeds on other insects that have died on the hot sands, which it traverses at breakneck (for an ant) speeds.

October 22, 2019 — Susanne Bard

Teeth Tell Black Death Genetic Tale

DNA from the teeth of medieval plague victims indicates the pathogen likely first arrived in eastern Europe before spreading across the continent.

October 6, 2019 — Susanne Bard

Lab-Grown Human Mini Brains Show Brainy Activity

As the little structures grow, their constituents specialize into different types of brain cells, begin to form connections and emit brain waves. They could be useful models for development and neurological conditions...

September 13, 2019 — Susanne Bard
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