Fireflies: the science behind the glow

Fireflies: the science behind the glow

This time of year, fireflies light up the sky at dusk, and they’re a beautiful sight! But it turns out that these little guys are even more amazing than they look, especially when you study the science behind the chemical reaction that creates the familiar yellow-green glow. In fireflies, a chemical called luciferin reacts with […]

Beetle butts inspiring new technology?

Beetle butts inspiring new technology?

The Bombardier Beetle has a pretty crazy defense mechanism: it creates an explosive chemical reaction in its abdomen, and propels a toxic spray from its back end that can reach a temperature of 100 degrees Celsius! And amazingly, this beetle may be able to provide inspiration to scientists in a way that will help humans. […]

Dogs detecting prostate cancer!

Dogs detecting prostate cancer!

Recent research has shown that dogs can be extremely effective at detecting thyroid cancer in humans, and it seems that their skills have no end! Their next feat? Detecting prostate cancer – and with incredible accuracy. In Milan, two German Shepherds trained for this particular task have certainly proven themselves accurate. The dogs were trained […]