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Jennifer Ouellette Ars Technica

How Boa Constrictors Can Breathe Even as They Crush Their Prey

Watching a boa constrictor capture and consume its prey is quite something. First, the snake strikes and...

How to Tell If Your Spaghetti Is Done Using Just a Ruler

Scientists found themselves working from home along with just about everyone else when universities shut down in...

Kombucha Cultures Could Be the Key to Better Water Filters

The refreshing kombucha tea that's all the rage these days among certain global demographics might also hold...

Physicists Created Bubbles That Can Last for Over a Year

Blowing soap bubbles never fails to delight one's inner child, perhaps because bubbles are intrinsically ephemeral, bursting...

A Staple of Sci-Fi Space Travel Will Likely Remain a Fantasy

In Poul Anderson's 1970 novel Tau Zero, a starship crew seeks to travel to the star Beta...

Glowing Worms Could Shed Light On the Secrets of Regeneration

In 1961, Osamu Shimomura and Frank Johnson isolated a protein from jellyfish that glow green under UV light. Corals, too,...

A 3D-Printed Chicken Breast Was Cooked With Frickin’ Lasers

Engineers at Columbia University developed a system that can simultaneously produce and heat food with precision.Who hasn't...

How a Duck Learned to Say ‘You Bloody Fool’

Voice analysis of a 34-year-old recording proves that Ripper the musk duck “independently evolved” to mimic his...