Science News – July 2nd, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, scientists grew vegetable and cereal plants in soil that was formulated to resemble the soil of Mars, and found that the crops were safe to eat did not have dangerous levels of heavy metals. This raises hopes for future colonization of Mars. Read more from Phys.org here.

Second, scientists have discovered that a gas field in Tanzania contains over six times the world’s current supply of Helium, so we may not run out of the element, which has important medical and industrial applications, as soon as we thought. Read more from Wired here.

Third, a newly discovered species of tarantula has a unique defense mechanism. Rather than launching barbed utricating hairs at attackers like other tarantulas, the new species makes contact with its enemy and jabs the hairs in directly. Read more from the New York Times here.

Those are just a few of the exciting things going on in the world of science this week. Have you heard about any other interesting science news lately? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Science News – June 11th, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, four new elements on the periodic table have been given names pending public comment and final approval. The names of the new elements are Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine, and Oganesson. Read more from NPR here.

Second, a new study reports that fish have independently evolved bioluminescence 27 times. Fish that have evolved to produce their own light sources show much more diversity than expected. Read more from National Geographic here.

Third, a power plant in Iceland has successfully turned CO2 into stone in a short period of time, providing a possible way to prevent emissions from entering the atmosphere. Read more from the New York Times here.

Those are just a few of the exciting things going on in the world of science this week. Have you heard about any other interesting science news lately? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Science Quote – Marie Curie on Science Fairy Tales

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Science News – January 9th, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, the seventh row of the periodic table has been completed with the addition of four new chemical elements. The super heavy elements, that exist only for a fraction of a second, were created when researchers smashed lighter nuclei together. For now the elements have been given placeholder names until those proposed by their discoverers are approved. Read more from New Scientist here.

Second, an international scientific panel has made the case for designating a new geological epoch, called the “Anthropocene”, due to the long term changes humans are making to the earth. The scientists say that materials like aluminum, plastic, and concrete, and events such as nuclear testing, will mark our presence far into the future. Read more from the BBC here.

Third, new studies suggest that humans carry Neanderthal genes that may be responsible for more severe allergies. Researches identified three genes that are involved in our immune system and our body’s reaction to foreign substances, and found that those who carry these genes are likely to have an overreaction to substances like pollen and animal hair. Read more from NPR here.

Those are just a few of the exciting things going on in the world of science this week. Have you heard about any other interesting science news lately? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Design Release – “The Smell of Formaldehyde”

Most of us have our first experience with dissection in a high school biology class. Whether it’s an earth worm, a frog, or a pig, each of the pickled creatures they place in front of you has a distinctive and stomach churning odor. If you move on to college and take a zoology or anatomy class it gets worse. You might have to dissect a shark, a cat, or even another human being! Walking into the biology building in the morning and being hit by the smell of formaldehyde can definitely put you off your breakfast. On the other hand, you might enjoy dissection, or at least find it interesting, and hey, maybe eventually the smell will grow on you too? Introducing our newest design, created with photos of my very own dissecting kit, which was used to cut up quite a few unfortunate creatures. Available now in our online store!

Smell of Formaldehyde

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