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Inside the Ant Lab: Mutants and Social Genes

Social insects such as ants and bees often have complex societies, but understanding the genetics behind their social interactions can be difficult due to their complex lifecycles. This lab in New York hopes to investigate the genetics of ant social behavior by focusing on an unusual species: the clonal raider ant...

February 19, 2019 — Nature Video

Are 2 Snowflakes Ever Identical?

Is the “unique snowflake” just flake news? Mother Nature might never produce two identical snowflakes, thanks to the near-infinite variability of the conditions affecting ice crystal formation...

January 29, 2019 — Nell Durfee

Scrubbing Carbon from the Sky

The first direct air capture and storage plant in the world is powered by geothermal heat in Iceland. Is it enough to reach negative carbon emissions?To learn more, read the story here.

January 22, 2019 — Kelsey Kennedy

Resurrecting the Genes of Extinct Plants

Scientists at Ginkgo Bioworks have resurrected the smell of an extinct flower by putting together the pieces of its DNA.To learn more, read the full story here.

January 18, 2019 — Deboki Chakravarti

Ion Drive: The First Flight

Researchers from MIT have flown a plane with no moving parts for the first time. It is powered by an "ion drive" which uses high powered electrodes to ionise and accelerate air particles, creating an "ionic wind." This wind drove a five-meter-wide craft across a sports hall...

November 26, 2018 — Nature Video

A Nobel Laureate Explains the Rigged American Economy

The United States has the highest level of economic inequality of any developed country. Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics, explains why he thinks the American economy is rigged, and what that means for future generation.To learn more about America's rigged economy and what we can do to fix it, click here...

October 23, 2018 — Deboki Chakravarti and Kelsey Kennedy

The Hawk Moth: Stable Flyer under Turbulent Conditions

Hawk moths hover while they feed, but they recover surprisingly quickly when knocked off-balance. Scientists use high-speed video and mini-cannons made of plastic toy parts to understand how hawk moths respond to disturbances midair...

September 6, 2018 — bioGraphic

How Coastal Communities Are Already Retreating from Rising Seas

When it comes to the unsustainable development of the American coastline, New Jersey owns the honor of being the first and worst. But one town in the state is experimenting with moving a cluster of people out of harm’s way and turning the newly open land into a flood buffer to protect the rest of the community.Read the full story to learn more: "Surrendering to Rising Seas" ...

July 26, 2018 — Jen Schwartz and Kelsey Kennedy

Celebrate Tau Day with an Extra Slice of Pi

To understand tau, you need to understand pi. Watch how mathematicians from Archimedes on have wrapped their heads around the math of circles.

June 28, 2018 — Shelley Sandiford, Lydia Chain and Deboki Chakravarti
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