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Polar Sounds: The New Album where Ecology and Music Collide

Orcas and Ross seals accompanied by a violin? A bowhead whale’s call remixed as a love song? Colliding icebergs combined with synths and electric guitars? These are all songs that feature in Polar Sounds, a newly released album from the sound project Cities and Memory.

Orange juice is poured into a glass that is overflowing. PFAS, drawn as its chemical molecular structure, is shown in the orange juice. Text reads “Some Things Weren’t Meant to Last”.

Some Things Weren’t Meant to Last: The Harmful Impacts of Forever Chemicals

Earlier this year in the US, a lawsuit was taken against the popular juice product Simply Tropical for containing levels of dangerous chemicals called PFAS. It turns out that these chemicals were at levels “hundreds of times” greater than the US Environmental Protection Agency’s advisory limits for drinking water.

A half-transparent, shadowy man is attempting to tiptoe away, leaving behind black footprints on a red background. a large eye is looking at him and the light rays that bounce off his figure. Text: Invisibility, hidden in plain sight.

Hidden From Plain Sight: Can Science Create Real-Life Invisibility?

The power of invisibility has been wielded by countless fictional heroes—and many have wondered about bringing that power into the real world. Making the body turn invisible on its own sounds out of the question, but what about instances where characters disappear with the help of special invisibility-granting clothing or covers? Would it be possible to harness technology to invent something similar? Numerous scientists have been diving deep into optics—the study of light—to answer that question.

A digital painting of a zoomed up mutable rainfrog resting on a leaf. It is green with brown spots and has distinguished spikey texture on its skin. "Shapeshifters" is titled at the top.

Shapeshifters of the Animal Kingdom

Shapeshifting creatures are amazing, and they’re not just in our favourite books or movies— they’re all around us. Many animals have the ability to change size and shape, allowing them to do things from scaring off predators to unlocking new abilities. Some of them, like the pufferfish, are famous for their ability, but there are other lesser-known shapeshifters that are just as awesome. Here’s a look at some of the lesser-known members of this shapeshifting team—and the ways they perform this fantastic feat.

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Plant Attack! How Carnivorous Can Carnivorous Plants Get?

When Charles Darwin published his book Insectivorous Plants in the late 19th century, the idea of meat-eating flora larger than life soon captured the imaginations of creators. Plants capable of devouring human beings became a regular subject of periodical pieces, and featured in stories by famous authors Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells. The idea of the man-eating plant has continued to endure in fiction—perhaps most famously in the musical film Little Shop of Horrors, where a sentient plant introduced into a flower shop demands the blood of its owner and soon begins to devour those around him.

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The Floating Flower

Our world is full of fascinating plant life—and the flower Dendrophylax lindenii, more commonly known as the ghost orchid, is no exception.

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Where Science Meets Poetry: An Interview with Dr. Sam Illingworth

A creator of numerous poems touching on diverse scientific topics, Sam Illingworth is devoted to exploring the intersections between laboratory and lyric. Learn about his process and explore the value and beauty of communicating science through poetry in this Specials Week article.

Common sources for antioxidants (e.g. broccoli) are dressed as superheroes catching a free radical drawn as a robber holding a bag of electrons.

Antioxidants in Action

The word “antioxidants” has cropped up in many places—it’s on labels and menus advertising the health benefits of foods and drinks, and lots of nutrition recipes name it as one of their perks. But what do antioxidants actually do, and how do they affect our bodies?

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The Science of Spice

From curry to chili to anything smothered in hot sauce, spicy food is savoured by many. But what is it that gives these foods the zing and heat we love? This article dishes out the science behind tasting and enjoying spice.

Illustration of a mummy making sounds using an artificial vocal tract

Unlocking a 3,000-Year-Old Voice

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to know how historical figures sounded when they spoke?