Oceanography doctoral student Lori Bouck was stumped. The tiny marine
animal she was studying looked considerably different under the microscope
than it did in textbook pen-and-ink drawings, which purportedly described
the wee beast, a common inhabitant of the sand lying at the bottom of saltwater
Improbable as it may seem, magnets and leeches have something in common--they
both draw blood. Leeches' ghoulish habits have been known for centuries,
but only recently have scientists begun to appreciate how human blood can
be influenced by magnetic fields.
In Remembrance: Our Man on Mars
The announcer calmly read the weather report for the Red Planet:
"Light winds from the east in the late afternoon, changing to light
winds from the southwest after midnight. Maximum wind, 15 miles per hour.
Temperatures from minus 122 degrees to minus 22 degrees Farenheit. Pressure
steady at 7.70 millibars."
Short-Cut to C
A discovery this summer by two FSU researchers may some day drop the
price on Americans favorite vitamin supplement.
Archaeology in Depth
Global warming may bring the waterfront to many Floridian doorsteps.
But considering that the Sunshine States Gulf of Mexico shoreline has
shifted north and eastward over the past 8,000 years, forcing prehistoric
populations to move several hundreds of miles inland, this phenomenon should
not come as a surprise.
Tearing Down the House
When a virus invades a cell, it uses some pretty clever tricks in biology,
chemistry and physics to do it. When scientists study viral behavior, they
typically use tools built from the basics of biology, chemistry, physics,
mathematics and--now more than ever--computational science.
Sweet sounds from the carillon tower drift across main street. Its
brass bells are struck mechanically through an ingenious system connecting
the bells atop the tower with the player or machine in a room inside.