Lunch in the Lab

  • February 1, 2013    

    An eastern lubber grasshopper, or Romalea guttata sits on a leaf at the Insect Zoo at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Photos by Jenny Marder. And now, an end-of-the-week pause to celebrate insects and the people who love them. … Continue reading

  • January 28, 2013    

    This artist’s concept shows the Euclid spacecraft, which will launch to an orbit around the sun-Earth Lagrange point L2. Image by ESA/C. Carreau. Update: Jan 29 | This week, NASA announced that it will partner with the European Space Agency … Continue reading

  • January 18, 2013    

    Delegates gathered in Geneva this week to negotiate for a global treaty to regulate the toxic chemical mercury. Photo by Flickr via Radioactive Rosca. I want to call your attention to a blog on “issues relevant to mercury pollution,” run … Continue reading

  • January 14, 2013    

    Since the last Kepler catalog was released in February 2012, the number of candidates discovered in the Kepler data has increased by 20 percent and now totals 2,740 potential planets orbiting 2,036 stars. Image by NASA. In case you missed … Continue reading

  • 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

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