Pixie Dust is a new display technology that uses sound waves to levitate tiny particles that are then arranged into images and animations. Imagine these floating particles suddenly coming together to form a computer or television screen.
These chips have been made out of cricket carcases. The first edible insect farm in the U.S. has opened in an attempt to create a more sustainable food source. And we should probably try to get over the yuck factor.
We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried: French beekeepers were shocked to find their bees had produced a supply of thick, blue honey. Turns out the bees had been feeding on the colourful shells of M&Ms - a Mars bar processing plant sat just 4 km away.
The stunning Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher from Southeast Asia has a special structure in its eyes that allows it to transition from the air to the water at 40km/h, while maintaining its super-sharp, prey-spotting vision. Frogs, beware.
Herons also have surprising intellectual abilities; they can use bread to catch fish! It is thought that the birds learn the technique from watching fisherman throw baited hooks and tourists tossing bread to attract fish.
CellCraft is a truly great flash game about building, controlling, and surviving as a human cell, viewed at the microscopic scale. I was surprised to find how accurate the game was, depicting organelles correctly and even conversion ratios of glucose to ATP. The game is a great primer for those who wish to learn some cell biology, or even for those of us who know plenty about the cell but want a refresher without cracking open a textbook.
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