Lunch in the Lab

  • July 12, 2013    

    International Space Station crew member, U.S. astronaut Karen Nyberg demonstrates how she washes her hair in space onboard the International Space Station. If you thought brushing your teeth in zero gravity looked hard, try washing your hair. U.S. astronaut Karen … Continue reading

  • July 9, 2013    

    Slime mold thrives in the presence of water, shade and dead, decaying leaves. Photo by Emily Johnson. About a week ago, we noticed an intruder in our front yard — a vivid yellow, blob-like substance that appeared to be invisibly … Continue reading

  • July 5, 2013    

    You can view Nobel Award-winning scientists sketching their research in the video above. What do you get when you ask 56 Nobel Laureate scientists to cartoon their greatest discoveries? Photographer Volker Steger fearlessly tackled the challenge during an annual meeting … Continue reading

  • July 2, 2013    

    A Russian Proton-M rocket crashes seconds after launch on Tuesday. Video by Rossiya 24. A Russian rocket carrying three navigation satellites careened off its flight path, burst into flames and crashed just seconds after liftoff from a launch pad in … Continue reading

  • June 28, 2013    

    Chimpanzees snack on fruit and vegetables at Louisiana’s Chimp Haven retirement facility. Image by Cameron Hickey. In another move toward ending invasive research on our chimpanzee cousins, the National Institute of Health announced on Wednesday that it will “substantially reduce … Continue reading

  • June 25, 2013    

    Watch President Barack Obama’s announcement of his new climate plan. Update: 2:30 p.m. ET | With sweat glistening on his forehead in the balmy Washington, D.C., heat, President Obama outlined a sweeping new climate plan Tuesday that he said proves … Continue reading

  • June 21, 2013    

    The nearside of the moon. Photo by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. A message to the skywatchers: tilt your head back after nightfall on Sunday, and you’ll see the closest full moon of the year — a phenomenon known as … Continue reading

  • June 18, 2013    

    A periodical cicada basks in the sun at a cemetery in Lorton, Virginia. Photo by Jenny Marder. On a hot spring day in late May, I went hunting for periodical cicadas with John Cooley, a veteran expert of the behavior, … Continue reading

  • May 24, 2013    

    This artist’s concept depicts Kepler-62e, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star smaller and cooler than the sun, located about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. It was discovered by the Kepler spacecraft. Image by … Continue reading

  • May 17, 2013    

    A cicada perches on a leaf of grass at Virginia’s Bull Run Regional Park. The full brood of cicadas is expected to emerge en masse in late May or June. Photos by Jenny Marder. After an afternoon hunting for cicadas … Continue reading

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