Is Tanning Ever a Good Thing?
Summer is nearly here— and that means more time in the sun! We’ve been warned about the dangers of sun exposure before. But Laci wonders, is getting that bronzed bikini bod ever actually good for your health?
via DNews Channel.
The dance of the dung beetle - Marcus Byrne
A dung beetle has a brain the size of a grain of rice, and yet shows a tremendous amount of intelligence when it comes to rolling its food source — animal excrement — home. How? It all comes down to a dance. (Filmed at TEDxWitsUniversity.)
via TED Education.
“The way we try to recruit girls into STEM fields is all wrong. We typically compare them to some great woman or someone that has gone before them. We are saying, “Hey, you can be like Madam Curie or Sally Ride.” It is recruiting by intimidation. We need to change that message. We need to recruit by appealing to WHY we need them in STEM. We NEED you to help make the world a better place We NEED you to help discover the cure for cancer. We NEED you because you have the ability to change […]
“Junk” DNA in plants not needed to remain healthy
So-called junk DNA is just that — junk, according to a study by researchers at the […] Read moreThe post MI weekly selection #23 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance.
Seahorse’s Armor Inspires Better Robotic Designs
The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs. Researchers are hoping to use a similar structure to create a flexible robotic arm equipped with muscles made out of polymers.
Source: Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/videos/2013/05/seahorses-armor-inspires-better-robotic-designs
via Lab Equipment.