Science & Technology

Willemite fluoresces green under shortwave ultraviolet light. Picture by Maia Madrid
Mineral Spotlight: Willemite

Willemite is an uncommon zinc silicate mineral (Zn2SiO4) that forms as a secondary mineral in zinc ore deposits. It was ...

Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/USGS
Observatory corner: Dec. 11,2015

Many people can name the eight planets of our solar system but few are familiar with their hosts of natural satellites. ...

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Study suggests link between diet and breast cancer

What kinds of foods do you eat? We’re constantly given dietary advice through advertisements on the TV and radio, as w...

Photo by CDC/ Lois S. Wiggs (PHIL #6260), 2004.
Fecal microbiota transplantation a promising treatment for C. difficile

You are only 10 percent human. The average human being has over 100 trillion microbes in and on their body — more than...

Photo by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Study uncovers the role of gut bacteria in the effectiveness of cancer treatments

How often do you think about the bacteria living in your intestine? Since these microbes, known as gut bacteria, play an...

Photo by Flickr user John
Open ocean fish display impressive biological cloaking

Scientists and predators alike have long been confounded by ocean fish that seem to disappear from sight even in the ope...

Photo by Rob Lavinsky (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Mineral Spotlight: Fluorite

Fluorite is a very popular mineral among collectors, as it forms very distinct cubic crystals that can be almost any col...

Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Hégésippe
Earth’s average temperature increase has crossed one degree mark, study says

As the 2015 UN Climate Conference approaches, new studies indicate its necessity. Studies released last week indicated t...

Photo courtesy Stephanie Mlot
3D printing produces Disney-inspired prosthetics

Every year, Disney Accelerator picks 10 technological startups from around the world to assist with both capital and gui...

Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Kaldari (CC 2.0)
Study explores jumping spiders’ color perception

While a spider stalking across your ceiling may draw the eye, its colorfulness is not usually the reason. But the distin...