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Lab on a Postage Stamp

Researchers have long said that microfluidics (microscopic plumbing) technology has the potential to shrink a laboratory to the size of a postage stamp or smaller for quicker, easier disease testing...

June 6, 2008

Hungry Bird Fights Gravity for Food

This phalarope, a type of shorebird, has a weird procedure for scoring dinner. First it spins in the water to create a mini whirlpool that dredges up tiny floating insects and crustaceans...

June 4, 2008

The Art of Magnetic Fields

Art and science can sometimes have a magnetic attraction for one another. In a new set of images, Flint Weisser , an MFA candidate at New York's Pratt Institute, revisits the old iron-filings-sprinkled-around-the-bar-magnet trick but with more visually arresting results...

May 30, 2008

Phoenix Mars Lander Parachutes Down

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander touched down safely near the Red Planet's north pole on Sunday, beginning its three-month investigation into the history of water on the fourth planet from the sun...

May 27, 2008

Universe Now Twice as Bright

Astronomers have long known that interstellar dust—microscopic grains made of carbon and silica—obscures starlight by soaking it up and reradiating it as infrared.

May 22, 2008

Mantis Shrimp Has Built-In Shades

Researchers knew the mantis shrimp had some tricked-out peepers—its visual world consists of 11 to 12 basic colors (compared with three for humans) as well as infrared and ultraviolet light...

May 20, 2008

Europa's Wandering Poles

These curved trenches on Jupiter's icy moon Europa indicate that its poles have drifted almost 90 degrees from their original position, in a phenomenon called true polar wander , according to a new study...

May 16, 2008
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