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Listen to the Sounds of Knees Cracking

Eavesdropping on the creaks and groans of an athlete’s knee could help doctors track healing after injury or surgery.

August 19, 2016 — Benjamin Meyers and Christopher Intagliata

What Makes Spiders Scary

Scientists hope to learn whether arachnophobes' perception of spiders as larger than actual size causes their fear—or whether it is the fearfulness itself that causes their visual misperception...

July 12, 2016 — Shelley Sandiford and Jason G. Goldman

Quantum Cuteness: Neutron Beta Decay

This toy is radioactively cute—and able to explain how a neutral-faced neutron turns into a proton with a positive expression.

February 17, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun and Clara Moskowitz

Size Matters--for Heart Monitors

The same technological advances that shrank telephones miniaturized heart monitors, with far-reaching implications for heart health.

February 12, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun and David Sherman MD

3-D Printed Trilobites

In his spare time, D. Allan Drummond, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, fuses art and science to create lifelike trilobite sculptures...

January 26, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun and D. Allan Drummond

Aviation Furniture: When Planes Come Home

A junkyard full of old airplanes turns out to be an artist’s playground. Several companies exist to turn historic old aircraft parts into seating, tables, picture frames, book shelves and any other piece of furniture you might imagine...

January 22, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Why We Live in a Cloud of Microbes

Pets and people shed clouds of microbes as unique and personal as their fingerprints, but the clouds can change over time.

November 30, 2015 — Jack Penland and Christopher Intagliata

General Relativity at the Beach

A hammock turns out to be the perfect place to contemplate spacetime, especially if you happen to have some coconuts

September 8, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Clara Moskowitz
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