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May 31, 2016

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May 31, 2016

Rapid Bone Growth and Underwater Breathing: Putting the Science of Harry Potter’s Universe to the Test

May 27, 2016 — In the world of Harry Potter the young wizard undergoes two magical biological transformations: eating Gillyweed to grow gills in order to breathe underwater and drinking Skele-Gro to repair broken ... read more

An App Knows If a Beer Has Gone Stale

May 19, 2016 — Chemists have developed a method that allows brewers to measure the freshness of beer, using a polymer sensor that changes color upon detecting furfural, a compound that appears when this beverage ... read more

May 18, 2016 — A chance fossil discovery in Montana a decade ago has led to the identification of an audacious new species of horned dinosaur. What sets Spiclypeus shipporum apart from other horned dinosaurs such ... read more

May 18, 2016 — The brown-headed cowbird is nothing short of a nightmare for its hosts: If they eject the brood parasite's eggs from the nest, it punishes them by destroying their entire clutch. Researchers ... read more

May 16, 2016 — Why doesn't a spider's web sag in the wind or catapult flies back out like a trampoline? The answer, according to scientists, lies in the physics behind a 'hybrid' material ... read more

May 16, 2016 — Researchers are using ideas from animal training to help non-expert users teach robots how to do desired ... read more

Proton-Conducting Material Found in Electrosensory Organs of Sharks

May 13, 2016 — Sharks, skates, and rays can detect very weak electric fields produced by prey and other animals using an array of unusual organs known as the ampullae of Lorenzini. Exactly how these electrosensory ... read more

May 13, 2016 — Grains of sand in an hourglass or candy in a gumball machine often jam up, and physicists have studied this granular flow for decades.Biophysicists have now found that multiplying yeast cells can jam ... read more

May 13, 2016 — An archaeologist studying musical horns from iron-age Ireland has found musical traditions, thought to be long dead, are alive and well in south India.The realization that modern Indian horns are ... read more

May 12, 2016 — The discovery that dung beetles use the light of the Milky Way to navigate in the world has received much praise. Researchers have now taken a new step in understanding the existence of these unique ... read more

May 11, 2016 — Can mealworms be used to solve two global problems? Researchers suggest that yes: for food sustainability and plastic ... read more

May 11, 2016 — Fox squirrels flick their tails when they can't get a cherished nut in much the same way that humans kick a vending machine that fails to deliver the anticipated soda or candy bar, according to ... read more

May 11, 2016 — A genome-wide association analysis of over 1,000 twins in the UK supports that some parts of our microbiomes are inherited and shaped -- not through a spread of microbes from parent to child, but ... read more

Five Ways Game of Thrones’ The Mountain’s Diet Can Make You Mighty

May 11, 2016 — Health and exercise scientists have analysed the daily diet of around 12,000 calories that helps Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays “The Mountain” in hit television series Games of Thrones, ... read more

May 10, 2016 — Getting a bunch of people to collectively research and write a coherent report without any one person seeing the big picture may seem akin to a group of toddlers producing Hamlet by randomly pecking ... read more

May 6, 2016 — Most insects have dedicated sensory systems to detect water vapor in the air, but little has been known about how they work. Now researchers are the first to discover a sensory system that directly ... read more

May 5, 2016 — While studying worm infections, scientists have discovered a surprising ability of the immune system. The strange discovery has significant implications for our understanding of how the immune system ... read more

May 4, 2016 — Researchers have found an evolutionary connection between dinosaurs and dung beetles. Scientists uncovered the first molecular evidence indicating that dung beetles evolved in association with ... read more

How Tree Crickets Tune Into Each Other's Songs

May 4, 2016 — As temperature changes, tree crickets can adjust their ears at a cellular and therefore mechanical level to match the changing frequency of each others ... read more

May 4, 2016 — Venus flytraps have fascinated biologists for centuries, however, the molecular underpinnings of their carnivorous lifestyle remain largely unknown. Researchers have now characterized gene ... read more

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