The Science Life

  1. spiders in a tree
    Animals

    Why one biologist chases hurricanes to study spider evolution

    For more rigorous spider data, Jonathan Pruitt rushes into the paths of hurricanes.

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  2. uranium cube
    Physics

    How scientists traced a uranium cube to Nazi Germany’s nuclear reactor program

    New research suggests that the Nazis had enough uranium to make a working nuclear reactor.

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  3. Soprano pipistrelle bats
    Animals

    A scientist used chalk in a box to show that bats use sunsets to migrate

    A new device for investigating bat migration suggests that the flying mammals orient themselves by the setting sun.

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  4. Kazunori Akiyama
    Astronomy

    Meet one of the first scientists to see the historic black hole image

    Kazunori Akiyama was one of the first scientists to see the black hole snapshot.

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  5. Leghorn chicken
    Health & Medicine

    Chickens stand sentinel against mosquito-borne disease in Florida

    To learn where mosquitoes are transmitting certain viruses, Florida officials deploy chickens and test them for antibodies to the pathogens.

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  6. red wolves
    Genetics

    DNA from extinct red wolves lives on in some mysterious Texas coyotes

    Mystery canids on Texas’ Galveston Island carry red wolf DNA, thought to be extinct in the wild for 40 years.

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  7. javelin throw
    Anthropology

    Why modern javelin throwers hurled Neandertal spears at hay bales

    A sporting event with replica weapons suggests that Neandertals’ spears may have been made for throwing, not just stabbing.

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  8. a composite photo showing steak before and after rotting
    Anthropology

    This scientist watches meat rot to decipher the Neandertal diet

    This scientist is studying how meat changes as it rots to figure out what Neandertals might have eaten.

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  9. soprano Cristin Colvin performing
    Animals

    How locust ecology inspired an opera

    When an entomologist decides to write a libretto, you get an operatic elegy to locusts.

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  10. researcher holding sockeye salmon
    Ecosystems

    How researchers flinging salmon inadvertently spurred tree growth

    Scientists studying salmon in Alaska flung dead fish into the forest. After 20 years, the nutrients from those carcasses sped up tree growth.

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  11. mayfly swarm
    Ecosystems

    Confused mayflies wreak havoc on a Pennsylvania bridge

    Cleaning a river in central Pennsylvania brought back mayflies, which now pose a threat to motorists crossing a bridge.

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  12. A photo of a firefly flashing
    Animals

    There’s method in a firefly’s flashes

    Fireflies use their flashing lights for mating and maybe even to ward away predators.

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