Science

August 15, 2017

Trees with “Crown Shyness” Mysteriously Avoid Touching Each Other

If you look up toward certain types of towering trees—including eucalyptus, Sitka spruce, and Japanese larch—you may notice a unique phenomenon: the uppermost branches don't touch. Known as “crown shyness,” this natural occurrence results in rupture-like patterns in the forest canopy that seem to perfectly outline the trees' striking silhouettes. Since scientists first started studying the topic in the 1920s, crown shyness has been observed between trees of the same and different species in locations across the globe.

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July 18, 2017

Illustrated Periodic Table Shows How Elements Are Part of Everyday Life

Anyone who ever sat through a high school chemistry class knows how frustrating it can be to tackle the periodic table. Created to give an order to chemical elements according to their atomic number, chemical properties, and electron configurations, the scheme has been in use since the mid-1800s. And now, the table has gotten an update to demonstrate how these elements apply to our daily lives.

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June 5, 2017

New Still Photos of Jupiter Are Set into Motion Against a Cinematic Soundscape

Ever since reaching its destination in July 2016, NASA's Juno spacecraft has captured the imaginations of space lovers worldwide. Recently, on May 19, 2017, Juno conducted its fifth close-up flyby of Jupiter, snapping a new series of photos along the way. Juno's orbit sets it on a path around the planet once every 53 days, including a swing around just 2,200 miles from the gaseous planet's cloud tops.

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