Forget the fireflies, some millipedes glow in the dark too, we found out from SciFri listener Chris Lavin. Chris stumbled upon a millipede glowing blue during an evening stroll in Canyon, Calif. Entomologist Paul Marek digs into the science of why and how these insects luminesce.
Scientists at the University of Leeds are exploring ways to use magnetic bacteria to build biocomputers of the future. Meanwhile, another group of researchers, reporting in Science, write that they have unearthed deep-sea microbe that live off nutrients from the dinosaur age.
Using recycled materials is increasingly common in building construction. But some architects are taking the green movement a step further, creating entire homes and businesses from discarded shipping containers. They call it cargotecture.
Maine lobstermen are hauling in an unexpected catch: soft-shell lobsters, about a month ahead of schedule. Biologists aren't sure why, but lobster-lovers are are glad for the harvest — and know just what to do with it.
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