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Let it snow!

For the past two days, New York has endured freezing temperatures and relentless blizzard. Instead of pouting indoors, perhaps it is better to maintain a positive outlook and appreciate the ethereal allure of snowflakes. Snowflakes are formed when supercooled cloud droplets crystalize. About 10^18 water molecules are arranged to form a snowflake so it is … Continue reading

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New Survival Strategy for Butterflies

The young larval stages of the swallowtail butterfly now look more like bird droppings than a caterpillar with their intricate brown-and-white color pattern on their bodies. The older caterpillars blend in with leaves more easily, making the swallowtail butterfly extremely hard to be eaten by birds looking for a feast. Recently, scientists located the juvenile … Continue reading