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January 2015

The Power Of BOB - January 30, 2015
Everything's bigger in Texas. Even BOB! "BOB" stands for "Big 'ol Battery." The nickname conferred by locals in Presidio, Texas, to an experimental electricity storage system, a battery that's the size of a small...

Nemo - January 29, 2015
Nemo was the cutest little animated fish. In the movie, he gets lost in the big blue ocean and dad goes looking for him. Well, it turns out that for the real-life orange clown fish, the little ones do have trouble finding their way home -- under c...

Cleaning Up With Mushrooms - January 28, 2015
His name is Paul Stamets, but you can call him the Mushroom Man. Stamets is a "mycologist," or mushroom expert. He lives on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula and has had a 30-year fascination with the lowly 'shroom, a passio...

Busy Beetles Take Years - January 27, 2015
After a forest fire, it's common for salvage logging companies to clear out damaged trees. But taking the wood too soon may interrupt a beetle doing a very important duty. After a fire, certain species of beetles lay their eggs in burned and ...

Turtle Diary - January 26, 2015
You might have heard of animals shifting their nesting dates in response to climate change. That's happening with turtles in the Midwest; in this case, with some surprises. Biologist Fred Janzen of Iowa State University studies turtles nes...

What Killed The Lions Of Tanzania? - January 23, 2015
Are climate extremes killing lions in Africa? A team of biologists believe it's likely a significant factor. Linda Munson of the University of California at Davis and colleagues studied two incidents in Tanzania. In 1994, a third of the lions...

Ecosystem Health Built On Three Unlikely Species - January 22, 2015
In Africa, two species depend on each other for survival. But scientists are now discovering that a third species is crucial to that equation. The species? Acacia trees, ants and elephants. Here's how: Acacias have thorns. Biting ants live...

Beetle Feet Inspire Technology - January 21, 2015
Ever been told you have feet of clay? How about feet of a beetle? Well now you can take that one as a compliment. That's because beetle feet are incredibly well designed, and might even inspire a new type of adhesive that could work underwater a...

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