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The future of edible insects depends on kids

Once convinced that eating insects is healthy, tasty, and cool, kids will be the most effective ambassadors for the industry.

A baby dragonfly's mouth is the stuff of nightmares

This video shows how the unusual jaw structure of dragonfly nymphs is both brilliant and terrifying.

The anatomy of a hurricane

A satellite image of Hurricane Irma near eastern Cuba on September 8, 2017.

Here's how these huge storms form.

Every tropical cyclone that forms on Earth has the same basic structure that sets these storms apart from the rest.

Lake Michigan Itself Is the Greatest Asian Carp Deterrent

For years, people have been freaking out that Asian carp are about to invade the Great Lakes. That concern seemed more real than ever this summer after an Illinois fisherman caught a carp in June less than 10 miles from Lake Michigan — beyond the barriers designed to keep them out. These voracious fish have already decimated Midwestern rivers. They’re filters feeders who feast on plankton — the tiny plants and critters that prop up foodchains. And they eat lots of them. Adult Asian car

NASA’S OSIRIS-REx spacecraft slingshots past Earth

NASA's asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth's gravity on Friday to slingshot itself on a path toward the asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August.

Mechanism that underlies age-associated bone loss

A major health problem in older people is age-associated osteoporosis -- the thinning of bone and the loss of bone density that increases the risk of fractures. Researchers have now detailed an underlying mechanism leading to that osteoporosis. When this mechanism malfunctions, progenitor cells stop creating bone-producing cells, and instead create fat cells. Knowledge of this mechanism can provide targets in the search for novel bone-loss.

Two Group A Streptococcus genes linked to ‘flesh-eating’ bacterial infections

Group A Streptococcus bacteria cause illnesses ranging from mild nuisances like strep throat to life-threatening conditions such as flesh-eating disease, also known as necrotizing fasciitis. Life-threatening infections occur when the bacteria spread underneath the surface of the skin or throat and invade the underlying soft tissue. Researchers have found two group A Streptococcus genes involved in invasive infections, which may be potential targets for therapeutics.

Enhancing the sensing capabilities of diamonds with quantum properties

When a nitrogen atom is next to the space vacated by a carbon atom, it forms what is called a nitrogen-vacancy center. Now, researchers have shown how they can create more NV centers, which makes sensing magnetic fields easier, using a relatively simple method that can be done in many labs.

700 years old saint myth has been proven (almost) true

Scientists confirm that the age and content of an old sack is in accordance with a medieval myth about Saint Francis of Assisi.

Our weight tells how we assess food

A new study demonstrated that people of normal weight tend to associate natural foods such as apples with their sensory characteristics. On the other hand, processed foods such as pizzas are generally associated with their function or the context in which they are eaten. But that's not all. The research also highlighted the ways in which underweight people pay greater attention to natural foods and overweight people to processed foods. Next Page »

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