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Neanderthal Tartar Shows Evidence of Medicine

Dental hygiene probably wasn’t too high on the list of things for Neanderthals to worry about. But in this case, that’s a good thing because the tartar found on their teeth told researchers quite [...]


They sure look beautiful, but they’re not just any flower … they’re nanoflowers! Nanoflowers may not impress your date, but researchers say these floral-shaped molecules—so tiny you’d need an electron microscope [...]

The Number of the Day: 100

Gillette has created what they believe to be the world’s smallest advertisements. The ads – which measure less than 100 microns in size – were written onto actual male hairs using an electron microscope. Related Fact: Later in life, razor mogul King Camp Gillette became a strong proponent of utopian socialism and planned a community [...]

Diatom Kiss

Oceanographer Paul Hargreaves and artist Faye Darling used an electron microscope to capture this image of a diatom – a tiny single-celled marine algae – that looks exactly like lips. The Telegraph has more: Link

Flowers Fool Flat-footed Flies by Faking Fungus-infected Foliage

A rare species of lady’s slipper orchid (Cypripedium fargesii) grows black spots that look like a fungus. But it’s not a fungus; it’s a feature, as Zong-Xin Ren of the Chinese Academy of Sciences found out during four years of research. The lady’s slippers are generally pollinated by bees but C.fargesii is different. Over many hours [...]