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March 24, 2023
Can a honey badger beat a short-faced bear? Now’s your chance to compete in March Mammal Madness. Plus, could lab rats become a thing of the past? And a scientifically artistic interpretation of what a black hole sounds like.
Curiosity Rover Zaps a Rock, Starts to Roll
The rover is on its way to Glenelg, an area where scientists hope to drill into bedrock.
Arbiter of ‘Interestingness’ Navigates the ‘Net
Internet “curator” Maria Popova describes her brand of “combinatorial creativity.”
Massive “Phoenix Cluster” Supersizes Star Creation
Astronomers have found a massive galaxy cluster that’s making stars at a record pace.
Actress Danica McKellar Helps “Girls Get Curves”
Actress and math education advocate Danica McKellar tackles geometry in her latest book.
Working Towards a Universal Flu Vaccine
Vaccine researcher Gary Nabel discusses the ongoing quest to develop a universal flu vaccine.
Solar Toilet Disinfects Waste, Makes Hydrogen Fuel
Caltech’s solar toilet took top prize in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.
Aging City Pipes in Need of a Plumber’s Touch
Water travels to city dwellers by way of old, leaky pipes that are tricky to replace.
Some Docs Doubt Blood Type, Heart Disease Link
A study links type O blood with a lower risk of heart disease—but not all docs agree.
SciFri Book Club Talks ‘Monkey Mind’
Peer into the anxious mind of writer Daniel Smith with the SciFri Book Club.
Martian Lab Made in Manhattan
What’s it like to build tools for Curiosity? Intense.