Shrinking to the Nanoscale

Discover how a team of MIT researchers have taken cues from “Honey I shrunk the Kids” and made it real.Shrinking to Nano3D printing in the nanoscale has been a challenge for researchers around the world. While we have a desire to fabricate parts smaller and smaller, our abilities have lagged …

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Bionic Mushroom Power

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Mario’s mushroom power.Super Mario Brothers is a long-loved game where magical mushrooms can give Mario or Luigi extra powers. While these mushrooms won’t give you extra powers, they might be able to give your house a little extra power.  We can thank our mushroom power to a few things: the mushroom, some tiny bacteria, 3D …

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Plastic in your Poop

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Microplastics are making their way through you.A recent discovery presented at the United European Gastroenterology conference this past week had some shocking findings – there is plastic in your poop.  In fact, of 8 people studied, all 8 had microplastics found in their stool samples. You might want to sweep this …

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Heidi’s Hearing Plants

Dr. Heidi Appel – The scientist who listens to plantsDid you know plants can ‘hear’ and react? That is the newest discovery about plants presented in Oecologia. Plants can send sense vibrations. Recent studies have shown that their roots can use certain vibrations to seek out water. And an astonishing study …

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Bees learn the concept of zero

Scientists have taught many types of animals to count before. Some of those animals even understand the concept of zero, nothing, nada. Monkeys can understand Arabic numerals. Lions can understand the size of a group based on sound. And chickens can perform basic arithmetic. Up until now, however, all of our knowledge of animals …

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Exploring the Deep Dark Sea

TO SAVE A HABITAT, WE MUST UNDERSTAND THE RESIDENTS OF THAT HABITAT.We know less about the mysterious part of the ocean known as the twilight zone than we do about the surface of the moon. Academy scientists are helping to change that by exploring this new frontier. – California Academy …

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A 3D printed Cornea

For many, the ability to see is taken for granted.That ability to see relies on healthy eyes with healthy lenses. Our eyes contain two lenses, the cornea, and the lens. The cornea is, what some would call, the window to our souls. The cornea allows light to enter our eyes and does …

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Sensational Plants

Plants can sense, react, and act like an animal.When we are young we learn to classify objects. The first major classification is living vs. non-living. Then we classify all living things into one of the 6 kingdoms. We often think of these kingdoms as separate. Animals are far different from …

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