Lunch in the Lab

  • January 11, 2013    

    This partial world map shows Flu Trends. Red indicates the most intense flu activity. Orange is moderate, yellow is low and green is minimal. Image by Google. The NewsHour has the flu. Or a really bad cold. Or some … Continue reading

  • January 7, 2013    

    A black vulture chews on a rubber seal from a vehicle in Everglades National Park, Florida. Photo by Curtis Morgan/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images. On Friday, I wrote about a colony of vultures that has occupied a suburban neighborhood in … Continue reading

  • January 4, 2013    

    A few hours before sundown, the vultures arrive by the dozens to roost in Jessica Paulin’s backyard. They swoop in, choose the perfect evergreen branch, and with one or two flaps of their massive wings, settle in for the night. … Continue reading

  • December 19, 2012    

    Chimps socialize and snack at Chimp Haven. Image by Cameron Hickey. The NIH announced plans on Tuesday to move more than 100 chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center into retirement at Chimp Haven, a 200-acre chimpanzee sanctuary in Louisiana. … Continue reading

  • December 17, 2012    

    This artist’s concept shows one of the GRAIL satellites inserting itself into orbit. Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech. The twin GRAIL robots, the washing-machine sized satellites that have been zipping around the moon for nearly a year, will end their lives magnificently … Continue reading

  • December 14, 2012    

    Israelis in a hot water spring on the shore of the Dead Sea near the Israeli Kibbutz of Ein Gedi watch the sky for Geminid meteor streaks above the Judean desert on December 14, 2012. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images. … Continue reading

  • December 12, 2012    

    This image obtained by the framing camera on NASA’s Dawn spacecraft shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA. There’s been buzz in the news this week about two asteroids nearly sideswiping us. Boston Globe referred … Continue reading

  • December 10, 2012    

    Owls, like this one seen at an animal pet fair in Stuttgart, Germany, swallow their prey whole and then regurgitate what they can’t digest. Photo by Marijan Murat/AFP/Getty Images. File this one under unusual science-inspired kids toys. And a warning … Continue reading

  • December 7, 2012    

    Nefertiti, the Johnson jumping spider hunting for flies inside her space flight habitat on board the International Space Station. Photo by NASA. Nefertiti, the courageous space spider who soared into low-Earth orbit on a Japanese HTV spacecraft, spent three months … Continue reading

  • December 5, 2012    

    This week, a co-worker introduced me to a series of time-lapse animations that visualize a 24-hour stretch of public transit in various cities. Here’s New York, which resembles a frenzied swarm of LED ants, or as Mashable describes it, “a … Continue reading

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