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Designer Probiotics for Cancer

New research on mice demonstrates a way to use designer bacteria as a non-invasive test for cancer.

October 2, 2015 — Cynthia Graber and Eliene Augenbraun

Mercury's Rare Road Trip

Thirteen times a century, on average, Mercury passes directly between Earth and the sun, creating what astronomers call a transit. It just happened again; this video, created with images from the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the tiny planet’s silhouette as it makes its seven-hour journey across the solar disk.

May 10, 2016 — Lydia Chain

Richard Garriott's Cabinet of the Universe, Part 2: Earth Forms

In this episode of Richard Garriott's miniseries, he shows us how Earth formed, how remnants of that formation still wander the solar system and how our planet came to be covered by oceans.Next week: Life on Earth Begins

January 5, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun and Lee Billings

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

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

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

Restless Pluto [Video]

Soar over Pluto’s seas, mountains, craters and volcanoes of ice in this montage of images released by NASA from the New Horizons encounter with the dwarf planet. Check out this article for details.

March 18, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Death Valley "Super Bloom" Is a Rare Desert Wildflower Show

Death Valley, straddling California and Nevada, blooms a little every spring. But when conditions are right, including well-spaced rainfall and low winds, the desert becomes carpeted with wildflowers. This year the conditions were just right. Rains were gentle and penetrated deeply into the soil to germinate dormant seeds. The ground  warmed slowly, allowing roots to develop. A moist, El Niño weather pattern kept the flowers watered as they grew. Check here for a map showing where the flowers are now. Blooms start in the valleys and work their way up to the tops of the mountains through the spring and early summer.

March 9, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

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