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5 Stars: A Mosquito's Idea Of A Delicious Human

If mosquitoes used Yelp, they might look for their next meal by searching nearby for a heavy-breathing human with Type O blood, sporting a red shirt and more than a smattering of skin bacteria. Preferably either pregnant or holding a beer.<p>That's some of what we take away from a post today on the …

Station Spacewalk on This Week @NASA

Scientists outsmart dangerous bacteria using infrared light

The pesky bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), best known for causing staph infections such as MRSA, ranges dramatically in form. In fact, recent studies indicate that S. aureus performs an efficient little microevolution to adapt to its host, so that it can evade the immune system and even …

Watch A Farmer Fight Wildfire With A Tractor

DIY wildfire defense<p>A wildfire had already burned 20 to 30 acres of Colorado farmer Eric Howard's 80-acre plot Monday when he hopped into his tractor and began drawing an improvised firebreak, a gap in the ground used to slow fires by separating them from vegetation. In Howard's case, it worked: …

Humans May Evolve To Grow An Endless Supply Of Teeth

In the future, you--like the pufferfish--could have so many teeth that you'll wear necklaces made out of your spares. It'll be weird.<p>The pufferfish is a very curious animal for lots of reasons; it swallows air or water to make itself larger and more threatening, it combines its combining pectoral, …

The Week In Numbers: A Planet That Rains Glass, NASA's New Hunt For Life, And More

<b>63 light-years</b>: the distance from Earth to the blue exoplanet HD 189773b, which looks like a cozy place to live—except its surface temperature is 1,000 degrees Celsius and it rains glass. Sideways.<p><b>5.5 million square feet</b>: the floor space of the new world's largest building, which could fit 20 …

Roswell & New Signals from Space

Space Pictures This Week: Starburst Aurora, Milky Way Portraits

A galaxy hunter takes a last look, the Milky Way shines, and auroras shimmer in this week's best space pictures.