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  • Teaser

    Ladybugs fold their wings like origami masters

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    Those who struggle to fit a vacation wardrobe into a carry-on might learn from ladybugs. The flying beetles neatly fold up their wings when they land, stashing the delicate appendages underneath their protective red and black forewings.

    To learn how one species of ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata) achieves such efficient packing, scientists needed to see under the...

    06/13/2017 - 11:30 Biophysics, Animals
  • Feature

    Live antibiotics use bacteria to kill bacteria

    The woman in her 70s was in trouble. What started as a broken leg led to an infection in her hip that hung on for two years and several hospital stays. At a Nevada hospital, doctors gave the woman seven different antibiotics, one after the other. The drugs did little to help her. Lab results showed that none of the 14 antibiotics available at the hospital could fight the infection, caused by...

    06/13/2017 - 10:49 Health, Microbiology, Biomedicine, Immune Science
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    New video camera captures 5 trillion frames every second

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    A new video camera, the fastest by far, has set a staggering speed record. It films 5 trillion frames (equivalent to 5 trillion still images) every second, blowing away the 100,000 frames per second of high-speed commercial cameras. The device could offer a peek at never-before-seen phenomena, such as the blazingly fast chemical reactions that drive explosions or...

    06/13/2017 - 04:00 Technology
  • Introducing

    New dinosaur resurrects a demon from Ghostbusters

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    Zuul is back. But don’t bother calling the Ghostbusters. Zuul crurivastator is a dino, not a demon. A 75-million-year-old skeleton unearthed in Montana in 2014 reveals a tanklike dinosaur with a spiked club tail and a face that probably looked a lot like its cinematic namesake.

    The find is the most complete fossil of an ankylosaur, a type of armored dinosaur, found...

    06/12/2017 - 05:00 Paleontology
  • Screentime

    CuriosityStream satisfies a science-hungry audience

    Take a trip to a black hole with Stephen Hawking as a guide, watch glowing bioluminescent earthworms wriggle away from predators and discover the fascinating mathematics of origami — all while cuddled up in front of a laptop. That’s the promise of the online streaming service CuriosityStream, which offers hefty doses of science for viewers who prefer fact-based documentaries over reality TV,...

    06/11/2017 - 04:00 Science & Society
  • News

    For humans, the appeal of looking at faces starts before birth

    Fascination with faces is nature, not nurture, suggests a new study of third-trimester fetuses.

    Scientists have long known that babies like looking at faces more than other objects. But research published online June 8 in Current Biology offers evidence that this preference develops before birth. In the first-ever study of prenatal visual perception, fetuses were more likely to move...

    06/08/2017 - 12:00 Human Development
  • Growth Curve

    It’s best if babies don’t drink their fruit as juice

    The juice saga continues. The American Academy of Pediatrics updated their official ruling on fruit juice, recommending none of the sweet stuff before age 1. Published in the June Pediatrics, the recommendation is more restrictive than the previous one, which advised no juice before age 6 months.

    The move comes from the recognition that whole fruits — not just the sweet, fiberless liquid...

    06/08/2017 - 07:00 Guidelines, Health
  • News in Brief

    Milky Way’s loner status is upheld

    If the Milky Way exists in the biggest cosmic void ever observed, that could solve a puzzling mismatch between ways to measure how fast the universe is expanding.

    Observations of 120,000 galaxies bolstering the Milky Way’s loner status were presented by Benjamin Hoscheit June 7 at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Austin, Texas. Building on earlier work by his adviser,...

    06/07/2017 - 17:47 Cosmology
  • Science Visualized

    Big slimy lips are the secret to this fish’s coral diet

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    Tubelip wrasses eat dangerously, daring to dine on sharp corals lined with stinging cells. New images reveal the fish’s secret to safe eating: lubing up and planting a big one on their dinner.

    “It is like sucking dew off a stinging nettle. A thick layer of grease may help,” says David Bellwood, a marine biologist at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, who...

    06/05/2017 - 17:50 Animals, Ecology
  • News

    When it comes to the flu, the nose has a long memory

    After an influenza infection, the nose recruits immune cells with long memories to keep watch for the virus, research with mice suggests.

    For the first time, this type of immune cell — known as tissue resident memory T cells — has been found in the nose, researchers report June 2 in Science Immunology. Such nasal resident memory T cells may prevent flu from recurring. Future nasal spray...

    06/02/2017 - 14:00 Immune Science