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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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Humans Won't Go beyond Mars

In his new book, the founding executive director of the Planetary Society contends that humans will make it to Mars, but robots will go much farther.

November 13, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers and Lee Billings

Food Everywhere Fuels Obesity

A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research blames 40 percent of the rise in obesity on the ubiquity of supercenters, warehouse clubs, and restaurantsBy Eliene Augenbraun and Gretchen Cuda Kroen

June 3, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Gretchen Cuda Kroen

Is Lying Rational?

A new film presents the science behind when and why people lie.

June 5, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun, Daisy Yuhas and Benjamin Meyers

Carbon Dioxide Data Earns a Place in History

The Keeling Curve, which records atmospheric carbon dioxide changes since 1958, was just awarded National Historic Chemical Landmark status.— Jen Christiansen, Eliene Augenbraun, Benjamin Meyers

June 12, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun, Jen Christiansen and Benjamin Meyers