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Dragonflies Experience as Much G-Force as Fighter Pilots

23 Aug 2018

Gravity and the human body have a finicky relationship. Too little gravity and humans lose bone density, experience extreme nausea and become anemic. Too much gravity and humans lose consciousness...

Queen Ants Don’t Have a Divine Right to Their Thrones, Just the Right Genetics

2 Aug 2018

Humans have classified more than 12,500 species of ants, and there are an estimated 10,000 more waiting to be discovered. Besides their incredible strength, almost all of these species have...

Fake Snake News: How Not to Identify a Poisonous Snake

10 Jul 2018

There are almost no poisonous snakes. That’s because for something to be poisonous means it’s toxic if ingested. Like hemlock.

The pitohui bird contains deadly batrachotoxin

26 Apr 2018

Did you know that the pitohui ("pit-oo-eey,") bird of New Guinea is the only bird known to contain a toxin?

From Farm to Pharmacy: Wading Through the Muddied Waters of Antibiotic Resistance

20 Feb 2018

One of the mandates of our Office is to foster students’ skills in communicating science. We encourage students to submit articles and we publish the ones that we consider to be well written. These...

Wombats’ Poop in Squares

6 Feb 2018

Wombats are surprisingly aggressive and territorial given how adorable they look. They will fight to defend their burrows and offspring, a feat especially important considering they reproduce only...

Eels and humans have something in common - they're both ELECTRIC!

1 Feb 2018

You’ve probably heard of electric eels but did you know that there are electric bacteria? Or that humans also use electricity physiologically?

Crows as Garbage Collectors?

13 Jan 2018

Let’s crow about crows. They are smart birds. In Australia they have learned to feast on the repugnant cane toads that other animals avoid because of the toxin they secret from from glands above...

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