It's one thing to unfold an origami puzzle, but then try refolding it — quickly and without any fingers. That's what the ladybug manages every time it settles down after flight. The beetle's ability to transform from a flying beetle to a walking one — and vice versa — in a fraction of a second offers it access to a broad range of habitats.
As you read this, take a whiff. What smells do you detect? How do these smells affect how you feel? It's rare that people consciously take in the smells around them, but a new review argues that the human sense of smell is more powerful than it's usually given credit for, and that it plays a bigger role in human health and behavior than many medical experts realize.
Forming a hypothesis, we all learned in middle school, is one of the first steps to doing scientific research. The aim is to prove your hypothesis, but since science is a reflection of facts, not theory, it doesn’t always turn out that way. This week I talked to a climate researcher who got unexpected results.