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March 29, 2013
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  • Scientists stumble upon glowing millipedes on Alcatraz
    Researchers using black lights to track rat droppings on Alcatraz instead found a number of tiny, fluorescent millipedes. Park officials had been working to eliminate the rat infestation in the now-closed San Francisco Bay prison, when the millipedes were discovered. The glowing arthropods are in the same species as their Bay Area relatives, but scientists say there appear to be slight differences. Why they glow, though, remains a mystery, researchers say. Our Amazing Planet (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
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  • Termites may be the culprit behind desert "fairy circles"
    Researchers have linked termites to mysterious grassless rings that have become a feature of the Namib Desert in southwest Africa, according to a study published in the journal Science. Known as "fairy circles," the patches appear in patterns across a narrow strip of the desert and can often be present for decades. The study established a pattern between the fairy circles and the prevalence of sand termites and surmises that the insects are feeding on grass roots, possibly causing the patterns. (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WWF: Sumatran rhino footprints found on Indonesian island
    Conservation group WWF-Indonesia says it has found what it belives are Sumatran rhino footprints on Borneo island. Further investigation showed signs of rhino activity, though no sighting has been made of the rare species, the group says. There are believed to be fewer than 200 Sumatran rhinos in Indonesia and Malaysia. BBC (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • First space rock possibly from Mercury found in Morocco
    A green meteorite foudn in Morocco last year may be the first known specimen from Mercury, says meteorite scientist Anthony Irving, who spoke at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas. The NWA 7325 space rock was part of a group of 35 meteorites found in Morocco last year and are about 4.56 billion years old. (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Russian-American team expected to reach ISS 6 hours after liftoff
    Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut launched for what is expected to be the shortest recorded trip from Earth to the International Space Station. The Soyuz spacecraft will arrive at the space station about six hours after launching; previous trips to the ISS generally take about two days. Reuters (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Relative changes to brain regions may have played role in evolution
    The difference between humans and other primates may be linked to changes in brain regions, rather than brain size, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The findings concluded that changes in the size of certain areas of the brain accounted for about 76% of evolutionary changes, and that a massive change in the prefrontal cortex was key in the great ape evolution. "It's very suggestive that connectivity of prefrontal cortex has been a particularly strong driving force in ape and human brains," said Chet Sherwood, an anthropologist who was not involved with the study. (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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