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Corals and sea anemones turn sunscreen into toxins – understanding how...

Djordje Vuckovic, Stanford University and Bill Mitch, Stanford University Sunscreen bottles are frequently labeled as “reef-friendly” and “coral-safe.” These...

Duckweed is an incredible, radiation-fighting astronaut food – and by changing...

Barbara Demmig-Adams, University of Colorado Boulder The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. What’s the big idea? Current industrialized food systems were optimized...

Blue dye from red beets – chemists devise a new pigment...

Erick Leite Bastos, Universidade de São Paulo What’s your favorite color? If you answered blue, you’re in good company. Blue outranks all other color preferences...

Curious Kids: How do my eyes adjust to the dark and...

Mark D. Fairchild, Rochester Institute of Technology Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an...

What Hanukkah’s portrayal in pop culture means to American Jews

Ted Merwin, Dickinson College When I was growing up in suburban New York, Hanukkah was not grounded in religious observance. Having no clue that there...

70 years of instant photos, thanks to inventor Edwin Land’s Polaroid...

Ann Elsner, Indiana University It probably happens every minute of the day: A little girl demands to see the photo her parent has just taken...

Super-black feathers can absorb virtually every photon of light that hits...

Dakota McCoy, Harvard University What do birds and aerospace engineers have in common? Both have invented incredibly dark, “super-black” surfaces that absorb almost every last...

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Why governmental transparency will not work without strong leadership

Suzanne J. Piotrowski, Rutgers University Newark Walter Shaub, the former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, has warned that President Donald Trump’s...