Life

  1. Animals

    Here’s why cricket farmers may want to go green — literally

    Crickets are great sources of protein, but they often kill each other in captivity. Green light could help solve the problem, two teens find.

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  2. Brain

    Warning! Nicotine poses special risks to teens

    Even a single dose of nicotine during early teen years can start a life-long cycle of nicotine use and addiction.

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  3. Animals

    Monstrous mammals would break the body rules

    Giant mammals and people thunder through our movies and books. But real mammals can only get so large before they can’t take the heat.

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  4. Brain

    Scientists Say: Stereoscopy

    Stereoscopy allows the brain to perceive the two 2-D images seen by the eyes as a 3-D scene.

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  5. Plants

    Electric shocks act like vaccines to protect plants from viruses

    To protect crops against viruses in their home country of Taiwan, two teens invented a novel approach to fight blights.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Like bloodhounds, worms are sniffing out human cancers

    Scents emitted by diseased cells may usher in a new era of safe, low-cost screening tests for cancer and other illnesses.

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  7. Tech

    Smartphones can now bring Ice Age animals back to ‘life’

    Scientists bring Ice Age creatures to life with augmented reality. You can view these creatures in your own world on a smartphone.

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  8. Animals

    Losing some genes may explain how vampire bats can live on blood

    Loss of 13 genes active in other bats could support the vampires’ blood-eating strategies and adaptations.

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  9. Animals

    Infected caterpillars become zombies that climb to their deaths

    By tampering with genes involved in vision, a virus can send caterpillars on a doomed quest for sunlight.

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  10. Psychology

    Lying won’t stretch your nose, but it will steal some brainpower

    The science of lying shows that most people don’t lie often. But when they do, it takes a surprising toll on their brains.

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  11. Animals

    Scientists Say: Migration

    Migration involves the movement of animals or people from one place to another.

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  12. Animals

    The scent of queen ‘murder hornets’ can lure males into traps

    Traps baited with compounds found in the mating pheromone of hornet queens attracted thousands of males.

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