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High Heels, High Risk

Shoe-related dangers lurk underfoot. The rate of high heel–related injuries doubled over a 10-year period, and most of those injuries happened in a place you might not expect.

June 7, 2015

Do Lobsters Need Earplugs?

Human-caused ocean noises cause clams to clam up and lobsters to scurry for cover, which could wreak havoc with nutrient cycling.

April 1, 2016 — Benjamin Meyers

Fish on Evolution's Fast Track

After Alaska’s 1964 earthquake stranded salt water stickleback fish in freshwater ponds, it took just 50 years for them to evolve into happy pond dwellers.

February 2, 2016 — Lydia Chain

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
Carbon Capture and Storage Liquefied and Demystified

Carbon Capture and Storage Liquefied and Demystified

One way to take the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, out of the air is to concentrate and store it underground. Scientific American explains how one company plans to do it.

January 6, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun and David Biello

Dragonflies Outmigrate Butterflies

Globe skimmer dragonflies migrate more than 15,000 kilometers, breeding with the locals as they travel and creating an interrelated global population. A dragonfly from Japan may have more in common with Guyanese dragonflies, genetically speaking, than its own Japanese cousins.

May 6, 2016 — Leila Falls and Christopher Intagliata

Almost Intelligent Agents

Voice-activated intelligent agents use pattern recognition to understand your words - but they do not always understand what you mean.

November 11, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun, Larry Greenemeier and Benjamin Meyers

Why the U.S. Crushed a Ton of Ivory

The elephant in the room—actually, Times Square: a ton of poached ivory that was mashed in some sort of souped-up wood chipper.

June 24, 2015 — Sabrina Imbler, Benjamin Meyers and Eliene Augenbraun

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

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
Quantum Cuteness: Neutron Beta Decay

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

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