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The Beast’s Enchanted Rose Lasted a Decade. How Long Can a Real One Last?

The Beast’s Enchanted Rose Lasted a Decade. How Long Can a Real One Last?

The red rose has a long history of symbolism—it has been associated with love, progressive politics, the Virgin Mary and the love goddesses Aphrodite and Venus. It is a strong contender for most-chosen rose on Valentine’s Day, but not every red rose will last very long once it’s cut, much less…

Snake-inspired robot uses kirigami to move: Bioinspired soft actuator crawls without rigid parts — ScienceDaily

Snake-inspired robot uses kirigami to move: Bioinspired soft actuator crawls without rigid parts — ScienceDaily

Who needs legs? With their sleek bodies, snakes can slither up to 14 miles-per-hour, squeeze into tight space, scale trees and swim. How do they do it? It's all in the scales. As a snake moves, its scales grip the ground and propel the body forward -- similar to how…

GEOLOGY OF NATIONAL PARKS: Part 4: Great Western Parks (SC 208)

GEOLOGY OF NATIONAL PARKS: Part 4: Great Western Parks (SC 208)

DVD Lecture with Discussion This semester we focus on the great western parks. The DVD will provide the human significance and description of the geological phenomena responsible for its features. There will be time for questions and discussion in each class session. Friday, April 6: Yellowstone: Microcosm, Origin and Future…

Scientists develop an innovative method for filling, sealing pleural cavities — ScienceDaily

Scientists develop an innovative method for filling, sealing pleural cavities — ScienceDaily

Researchers have developed a new method for filling and sealing pleural cavities. The process consists of injecting polyurethane foams into the lungs with a self-expanding and self-modelling capacity that replaces aggressive surgical and palliative treatments used so far.Read More

How a Pioneering Botanist Broke Down Japan’s Gender Barriers

How a Pioneering Botanist Broke Down Japan’s Gender Barriers

When Kono Yasui received her doctoral degree in 1927 from the Tokyo Imperial University, she said: “Blessed by the understanding of those around me and with nothing to encumber me, I have simply plodded along a path of my own choosing.”That last part was accurate, if an understatement: At 47,…

Was Vichy France a Puppet Government or a Willing Nazi Collaborator?

Was Vichy France a Puppet Government or a Willing Nazi Collaborator?

On November 8, 1942, in the thick of World War II, thousands of American soldiers landed on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, while others amassed in Algeria, only to take immediate gunfire from the French. Needless to say, it marked the end of U.S. diplomatic relations with the Vichy government…

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