Otter Nonsense

Otter Nonsense

Otters are notoriously playful creatures. But does their playfulness serve some greater purpose? Or is it really just pure fun?

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Humongous Fungus!

Humongous Fungus!

In a forested area along the western edge of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula lurks a very large fungus. It doesn’t inspire awe in the way that a giant redwood or blue whale might, it isn’t grand, and it isn’t majestic, but this prodigious fungus is among the largest living things in the world.

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Solar Powered Hornets?

Solar Powered Hornets?

Researchers have recently discovered that the Oriental hornet may be capable of harvesting energy from sunlight.

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What was Sour Becomes Sweet with Miracle Fruit

What was Sour Becomes Sweet with Miracle Fruit

Imagine mistaking vinegar for apple juice, Guinness for a chocolate milkshake, pure lemon juice for lemonade, Jose Cuervo for real tequila. According to those who have tried it, this is exactly what happens after you eat a small red berry called miracle fruit.

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Bread, Beer, and the Science of Yeast

Bread, Beer, and the Science of Yeast

Baking bread, brewing beer, producing biofuel, getting a gross skin infection. What do all four activities have in common? Yeast.

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Some Like it Hot

Some Like it Hot

Why are chile peppers hot? Why do we love to eat them anyway?

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Witchcraft or Psychedelic Trip?

Witchcraft or Psychedelic Trip?

Were the Salem Witch Trials sparked by toxic hallucinogens?

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