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Lungs Don't Just Help Us Breathe — They Produce Blood, Too

By Kim Bussing on April 21, 2017
Lungs Don't Just Help Us Breathe — They Produce Blood, Too

In your biology class, you may have learned that lungs help us breathe while bone marrow, found in flat bones such as the hip bone, produces red and white blood cells through a process called hematopoiesis Now, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) researchers have discovered that in addition to being a crucial part of our respiratory system, lungs also play a major role in the production and storage of blood cells.

Wizard Hat Amoeba Named After Gandalf From The Lord Of the Rings

By Jeffrey Shao on April 20, 2017
Wizard Hat Amoeba Named After Gandalf From The Lord Of the Rings

Single-celled amoebae, which resemble small blobs of jelly, are usually of interest only to the researchers that discover them. However, a new South American species is garnering significant attention from fans of the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R.Tolkien. That’s because its unique shell, or carapace, bears a close similarity to the hat donned by Gandalf, the powerful wizard leader of the Fellowship of the Ring and the army of the West.

Celebrate Earth Day With These Fun Activities

By Kim Bussing on April 19, 2017
Celebrate Earth Day With These Fun Activities

Forty-seven years ago, on April 22, 1970, twenty million Americans took to the streets to voice their concern about the deteriorating environment and urge the government to take action before it was too late. The grassroots movement, which is now celebrated by over 2 billion people in 192 countries, led to the enactment of numerous environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

Ooho Edible Water Bubble Aims To Eliminate Plastic Bottles

By Meera Dolasia on April 18, 2017
Ooho Edible Water Bubble Aims To Eliminate Plastic Bottles

It is a well-known fact that plastic bottles, which take hundreds of years to decompose, are harmful to our environment. However, efforts by environmentalists to encourage consumers to switch to alternatives, like water fountains or reusable bottles, have not been very effective. The U.S. alone utilizes over 50 million plastic bottles annually, 80% of which end up in landfills.

SpaceX Makes History With Successful Launch And Landing Of Recycled Rocket

By Maitreyi Mantha on April 17, 2017
SpaceX Makes History With Successful Launch And Landing Of Recycled Rocket

Space travel is expensive, especially since every launch requires a new rocket. The biggest and most costly part is the booster that powers the spacecraft beyond the Earth’s orbit. Once the job, which takes a few minutes, is completed, it separates from the rest of the rocket and drops back into the ocean while the second stage engine takes over and delivers the payload to its destination.

New York City's Skyline May Get Even More Interesting With The "Big Bend"

By Jeffrey Shao on April 16, 2017
New York City's Skyline May Get Even More Interesting With The "Big Bend"

New York City’s impressive skyline that includes iconic structures like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, may get even more interesting with the addition of the “Big Bend.” The tall and slender U-shaped residential tower is the brainchild of Oiio Studio, an architectural firm with offices in Manhattan and Athens.

Audible Easter Eggs Ensures Everyone Can Participate In The Hunt

By Kim Bussing on April 14, 2017
Audible Easter Eggs Ensures Everyone Can Participate In The Hunt

Easter, which will be celebrated on Sunday, April 16 this year, offers many fun activities. But the one all kids look forward to the most is the egg hunt. However, in 2005 U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) special agent David Hyche realized that visually impaired children like his then 19-month-old daughter, Rachel, were unable to participate in this exciting event.

Microsoft's Project Premonition Recruits Mosquitoes To Help Prevent Disease Outbreaks

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on April 12, 2017
Microsoft's Project Premonition Recruits Mosquitoes To Help Prevent Disease Outbreaks

Given that more than 65% of infectious diseases that affect humans originate from other animals, the most logical way to stop them would be to locate the source. However, studying wildlife for clues about the origin of the next epidemic is like looking for a needle in a haystack. As a result, scientists and health officials are forced to combat illnesses like the recent Zika Virus, after they spread.

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