Luke Groskin

Aug. 22, 2014

Tar Noir

Using paleoforensics, researchers recount the grim details of life and death at the the La Brea Tar Pits.

l.a. tar, paleoforensics, la brea tar pits

Aug. 15, 2014

Bridging the Rift: Oculus' Answer to Virtual Reality

Technological and design innovations inside the Oculus Rift make virtual reality poised for a mass-market debut.

oculus rift, virtual reality, vr, tron, the matrix, headsets

Jul. 25, 2014

Oarfish: The Ultimate Fish Tale

Little is known about the monstrously long oarfish, its life cycle, and how it navigates its deep sea environment.

oarfish, sea, ocean, serpent, misty paig-tran

Jul. 18, 2014

Smarty Pants: Testing the Quality of Textiles

Confidence in how well our garments suit us shouldn't be taken for granted—we owe much to textile quality assurance.

Sean Cormier, fit, fashion institute of technology, textiles, clothing, fashion, wearables, garments

Jun. 27, 2014

Getting a Grasp on the Clever Cephalopod

The nautilus, the “living fossil” of cephalopods, can uncover the origins of the complex brain of modern cephalopods.

cephalopod, cephalopod week, nautilus, octopus, vampire squid, luke groskin, cuttlefish, squid, jennifer basil

Jun. 06, 2014

The Goat Brigade

A herd of “elite” brush-clearing goats demonstrate why they are a versatile tool to shield against wildfires in Southern California.

goats, wildfires, southern california, fuel, fire, wildfire, fighting fire with goats

May. 02, 2014

Nothing to Sneeze At

Sneezes and coughs generate gas clouds that can spread germs farther than previously imagined.

Lydia Bourouiba, John Bush, MIT, Applied Mathematics Lab, coughing, sneezing, germs, spreading germs, how do germs spread?

Apr. 18, 2014

The Sticky Science Behind Maple Syrup

Plant physiologist Abby van den Berg traces how maple sap flows through trees and onto your plate.

maple syrup, sap, abby van den berg, maple,

Apr. 04, 2014

Inside Insight: Clearing and Staining Fish

Clearing and staining gobies, stingrays, and sharks has revealed to scientist Adam Summers critical data, as well as the beauty of each fish’s unique form.

video, adam summers, clearning and staining, fish, biomechanics,

Mar. 21, 2014

Digital Gets Physical

Students in MIT’s Tangible Media Group break down the barriers of graphic interfaces and allow users to touch and manipulate pixels in real life.

MIT, tangible media group, jamsheets, inform, interactive, display, digital, computer

Feb. 28, 2014

This Fish Sucks

Adam Summers of the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs details how the northern clingfish takes the art of suction to new heights.

clingfish, suction, university of washington, friday harbor labs, adam summers

Feb. 14, 2014

Out of the Bottle: Wine Psychology

How do our expectations, environment, and social cues trick us into believing our wine tastes better or worse?

wine, psychology, psychology of wine, taste

Jan. 24, 2014

Star-Crossed Galaxies

What happens when two spiral galaxies collide?

galaxies, collision, collide, milky way, spiral galaxy

Jan. 10, 2014

Out of the Bottle: Tricks of the Trade

Popular wine jargon such as "breathing," "corked," and "wine tears" gets translated into chemistry you can understand.

wine, flavor, corked, tears, gavin sacks

Dec. 20, 2013

Out of the Bottle: Wine Flavor

A researcher from Cornell details the chemical composition of wine’s diverse flavor profiles.

gavin sacks, wine, cornell university, flavor profile, oaky, peppery, floral, citrusy, wine taste

Nov. 22, 2013

When Water Flows Uphill

Researchers test ridged surfaces in order to control the movements of hot water.

Leidenfrost Effect, water, university of bath

Nov. 15, 2013

The Other Golden Rule

Why most mammals—even elephants—take only 20-30 seconds to urinate.

animal pee, urination, peeing, mammals

Nov. 08, 2013

The Myth of the Woolly Bear

Can woolly bear caterpillars predict winter weather?

woolly bears, caterpillars, moth, winter, groundhog, punxsutawney, punxsutawney phil

Oct. 25, 2013

Discover the Inner Beauty of the Naked Mole Rat

How do naked mole rats live to 30 years without getting cancer?

Vera Gorbunova, Andrei Seluanov, university of rochester, naked mole rat

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