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Baby Birds Mimic Toxic Caterpillars to Fool Predators

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on January 30, 2015
Baby Birds Mimic Toxic Caterpillars to Fool Predators

Animals adapt in various ways to protect themselves from predators. Some take on the smell of the food they consume, while others build decoys. But very few are able to do what the cinereous mourner that resides in the Peruvian Amazon rainforests has done. This dull gray bird has evolved such that its chicks not only closely resemble a brightly colored toxic neighbor, but also act like it!

Beachbot, The World's Most Adorable Sand Artist

By Allegra Staples on January 27, 2015
Beachbot, The World's Most Adorable Sand Artist

The world is filled with extremely talented sand artists - people that can masterfully carve up giant castles, sculptures and even paintings, using just sand and water. But very few are as adorable as Beachbot - a robot which will keep the audience entertained as it scurries around creating beautiful masterpieces.

Why Hong Kong's Luminescent Blue Coastline Is A Cause For Concern

By Meera Dolasia on January 26, 2015
Why Hong Kong's Luminescent Blue Coastline Is A Cause For Concern

On Thursday, January 22nd, social media sites were buzzing with excitement at the pictures of the blue patches of glimmering water along Hong Kong's coastline. However, experts were not as thrilled. That's because while the algal bloom responsible for this mesmerizing sight are not toxic to humans, they are well-known to wreak havoc on marine life.

The Mystery Surrounding New England Patriots' Deflated Footballs

By Meera Dolasia on January 25, 2015
The Mystery Surrounding New England Patriots' Deflated Footballs

With less than a week left before Superbowl  XLIX, the argument among sports fans and experts should largely be about which of the two teams - the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks - is going to take home the coveted title. However this year, the light banter has been overshadowed by a more serious discussion - did the Patriots cheat at the January 18th AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts by using deflated balls?

New Gene Studies Uncover Why Autism Symptoms Vary Widely

By Kendall Costello on January 24, 2015
New Gene Studies Uncover Why Autism Symptoms Vary Widely

Autism, or autistic disorder, is a wide range of problems that occur when the brain develops differently. Such abnormal development results in a struggle for autistic children to perceive the world in the same way that other people do. Our brain is responsible for deciphering what we see, hear, breath, touch, taste, and experience. It then uses that information to send nerve signals to the appropriate muscles and organs, with instructions on how to respond. But with autism, the brain struggles to fulfill this vital role, and as such, it becomes very difficult to listen, talk, learn, and play. However, though 1 out every 88 kids is diagnosed with 'autism', their symptoms vary significantly in character and severity.

Look, No Hands! Futuristic Driverless Cars Are All The Rage

By Kendall Costello on January 21, 2015
Look, No Hands! Futuristic Driverless Cars Are All The Rage

In early January, Mercedes-Benz captured the world’s imagination by unveiling a futuristic self-driving car prototype at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to being autonomous, the F015 Luxury in Motion, also promises to be fuel efficient and as its name indicates, the epitome of luxury. While this is in complete contrast to Google's compact, koala-like autonomous vehicle, one thing is apparent - if manufacturers have their way, driverless cars will be sharing the highways with human-driven vehicles, within the next decade.

NASA Astronaut And Russian Cosmonaut Prepare For Year Long Mission To International Space Station

By June Liu on January 19, 2015
NASA Astronaut And Russian Cosmonaut Prepare For Year Long Mission To International Space Station

On March 28th, US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft on a historic mission - a year long visit to the International Space Station. The trip, the first of many that will be undertaken before a manned mission to Mars, is a test to gather information about the psychological and physical effects of extended space travel on the human body.

If It Smells Like Coral It Must Be . . . A Fish?

By Allegra Staples on January 18, 2015
If It Smells Like Coral It Must Be . . . A Fish?

Animals use many tricks to hide from predators - from blending in with the environment to disguising themselves into something unsavory and even, creating decoys. While different, they are all optical. Now scientists have uncovered a fish species that uses both visual and chemical camouflage. That means they not only blend in with the colorful coral they feed on, but also smell like it!

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