Adam Cole

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Everything Dies, Right? But Does Everything Have To Die? Here's A Surprise

Friday, September 26, 2014

A puzzlement.

Why, I wonder, are both these things true? There is an animal, a wee little thing, the size of a poppy seed, that lives in lakes and rivers and eats whatever flows through it; it's called a gastrotrich. It has an extremely short life.

Hello, Goodbye, I'm ...

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How Do You Lose A Half-Million Birds?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In late July and August, something remarkable happens in the air above Lake Murray in South Carolina. Around sunset, hundreds of thousands of purple martins come streaming toward the center of the lake from every direction, swirling together in a massive flock that darkens the sky. After an hour ...

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Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek across the country this month, buying handmade signs from homeless people. He says the project has changed the way he views homelessness.

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Dialing Back Stress With A Bubble Bath, Beach Trip And Bees

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Standing in the middle of a swarm of bees might not be your idea of stress relief, but it works for Ray Von Culin. He's a beekeeper in Washington, D.C., and he says caring for bees is one of the most relaxing things in his life.

We ran into ...

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What Does Sound Look Like?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

When light passes between areas of different air density, it bends. You've probably noticed the way distant pavement seems to shimmer on a hot day, or the way stars appear to twinkle. You're seeing light that has been distorted as it passes through varying air densities, which are in turn ...

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Trapping And Tracking The Mysterious Snowy Owl

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This winter's unexpected arctic bird invasion has given owl researchers a rare opportunity. They're fitting a few of the errant owls with GPS backpacks to track their return to the Arctic.

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From Aztecs To Oscars: Popcorn's Beautiful, Explosive Journey

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Long before it fueled moviegoers, popcorn helped lay the foundation for the Aztec empire. In our video, we look at popcorn under a microscope, where the rock-hard kernel's fluffy secret is revealed.

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We Have A Science Tumblr, And Its Name Is 'Skunk Bear'

Monday, January 13, 2014

This week, we're launching Skunk Bear, our new science tumblr.

What will I find on this tumblr?

Cool things! Cool science things!! Stuff we make or discover on the Internet that makes us laugh, or think, or turn to each other and say, "Hey, look at this cool thing!"

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Tree-Incarnation: Christmas Trees Return To Nature (A Poem)

Saturday, January 04, 2014

There are lots of creative Christmas tree recycling programs around the country, and in keeping with the holiday spirit, here are a few of them — set to verse.

It's the week after Christmas, and in every town
You'll see Christmas trees dying — their needles turned brown.
30 million ...

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Catch The Geminid Meteor Shower Tonight

Friday, December 13, 2013

Stargazers are in for a treat if they're willing to wake up really early Saturday morning.

The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight, potentially serving up more than a hundred shooting stars per hour. The meteors will appear to emanate from the constellation Gemini (thus the name), but that's just ...

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To Understand A Russian Fireball, Physicists Turn To YouTube

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Nine months ago a 12,000-ton meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, a Russian city with 1.1 million residents. Hundreds of personal videos captured the fireball's flight — and that means you can watch the spectacle from almost any vantage point on YouTube.

Now, in large part by poring over these videos, ...

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The Latest In Scientific Field Equipment? Fido's Nose

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Dave Vesely is busy training his dog, Sharpy. She isn't learning to sit or fetch or even herd sheep; Sharpy is learning to find the nests of western pond turtles.

These turtles are sneaky. After laying their eggs in a small hole, they knead together dirt, leaves and their ...

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The World's Most Precise Clock Could Prove Einstein Wrong

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What a makes a good clock? Andrew Ludlow, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, says one of the most important criteria is stability.

"If you could imagine a grandfather clock and see the pendulum swinging back and forth, ideally that pendulum would swing back and ...

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Science Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S. Bring Hip-Hop Into The Classroom

Thursday, August 08, 2013

This story comes to us from our friends at the science desk. They produced the 7-minute video documentary you see above.

"Modern-day rappers — all they talk about is money, and all these unnecessary and irrelevant topics," says Victoria Richardson, a freshman at Bronx Compass High School. Richardson's rhymes tackle ...

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Headed To Mars? Watch Out For Cosmic Rays

Thursday, May 30, 2013

There was great fanfare when the Mars Science Laboratory launched in November 2011, and again when its precious cargo — NASA's Mars rover Curiosity — touched down on the red planet in August 2012.

The eight months in between had drama of their own. Curiosity was constantly bombarded with ...

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Scientific Tooth Fairies Investigate Neanderthal Breast-Feeding

Thursday, May 23, 2013

When it comes to weaning, humans are weird.

Our closest relatives, chimpanzees and gorillas, breast-feed their offspring for several years. Some baby orangutans nurse until they are 7 years old.

But modern humans wean much earlier. In preindustrial societies, babies stop nursing after about two years. Which raises the question: ...

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Water Trapped For 1.5 Billion Years Could Hold Ancient Life

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Scientists have discovered water that has been trapped in rock for more than a billion years. The water might contain microbes that evolved independently from the surface world, and it's a finding that gives new hope to the search for life on other planets.

The water samples came from holes ...

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Good Luck With That 'Perfect' March Madness Bracket. You'll Need It

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Basketball fans have one more day to fill out their March Madness brackets. They'll need to predict not just the champions and their route to victory, but also the paths of all the losers. It's not easy. In fact, no person or computer has yet been able to do ...

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Young Adult Prairie Dogs Dig Living In Mom's Basement

Friday, March 08, 2013

Like many humans, most young animals approaching adulthood tend to leave their parents and siblings and strike out on their own. They want to avoid competing with relatives. They want to avoid incest. In certain species, they want to avoid nagging.

But a new paper published in Thursday's Science ...

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To Make Mice Smarter, Add A Few Human Brain Cells

Thursday, March 07, 2013

For more than a century, neurons have been the superstars of the brain. Their less glamorous partners, glial cells, can't send electric signals, and so they've been mostly ignored.

Now scientists have injected some human glial cells into the brains of newborn mice. When the mice grew up, they ...

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