Middle school science adventures
Chicken Eggs as Drug Factories
Treating peanut allergy bit by bit
Frogs and Toads
Tree Frogs
Walks on the Wild Side
Mouse Songs
Ultrasonic Frogs Raise the Pitch
Wired for Math
Seeing red means danger ahead
Why Cats Nap and Whales Snooze
Chemistry and Materials
These gems make their own way
Flytrap Machine
Music of the Future
Computers with Attitude
Music of the Future
Lighting goes digital
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Hunting by Sucking, Long Ago
Hall of Dinos
Middle school science adventures
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Challenging the Forces of Nature
Groundwater and the Water Cycle
Salty, Old and, Perhaps, a Sign of Early Life
Giant snakes invading North America
Snow Traps
Fishing for Fun Takes Toll
Finding the Past
Fakes in the museum
Stone Age Sole Survivors
Digging Up Stone Age Art
Freshwater Fish
Food and Nutrition
Building a Food Pyramid
Symbols from the Stone Age
Recipe for Health
GSAT English Rules
Who vs. That vs. Which
Subject and Verb Agreement
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GSAT Exam Preparation
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
March 21-22, 2013: Over 43,000 students will take the GSAT Exam
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
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Deep-space dancers
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It's a Math World for Animals
Human Body
The tell-tale bacteria
Gut Germs to the Rescue
A New Touch
African Gorillas
Flying Foxes
The Surprising Meaning and Benefits of Nursery Rhymes
Choosing a Preschool: What to Consider
Raise a Lifelong Reader by Reading Aloud
Gaining a Swift Lift
Hold on to your stars, ladies and gentlemen
The Particle Zoo
Cactus Goo for Clean Water
Fastest Plant on Earth
Fast-flying fungal spores
Gila Monsters
Space and Astronomy
Older Stars, New Age for the Universe
Sounds of Titan
Chaos Among the Planets
Technology and Engineering
Shape Shifting
Young Scientists Take Flight
Algae Motors
The Parts of Speech
Adjectives and Adverbs
What is a Preposition?
Reach for the Sky
Troubles with Hubble
Revving Up Green Machines
Catching Some Rays
Watering the Air
Warmest Year on Record
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Big Galaxy Swallows Little Galaxy

It's hard to imagine being so hungry that you'd eat another person. Yet, cannibalism occurs among animals and elsewhere in nature. Even galaxies do it. Now, scientists have captured one of the best images yet of a distant galaxy in the act of swallowing a smaller neighbor. The discovery supports the theory that galaxies grow by consuming each other. Astronomers have long suspected that it's a galaxy-eat-galaxy world out there. Many massive galaxies, including our own Milky Way, are surrounded by stellar debris that looks like undigested remnants of smaller star systems. The most direct evidence yet for that idea comes from an image taken in April 2002 by a new camera on the Hubble Space Telescope. Australian astronomer Michael Beasley noticed a faint galaxy in the background of the image. Nearby, two star plumes seemed to be coming out of some kind of small blob. Further analyses and computer simulations revealed that a big galaxy, about the size of the Milky Way, was sucking material, visible as plumes, from a smaller galaxy. The objects are about 2 billion light-years from Earth. Astronomers think that galaxy cannibalism is common. It's just hard to see. Luckily, our own galaxy doesn't seem to be at risk of getting slurped up. Sometimes, it's nice to be the biggest kid on the block—at least until we slam into Andromeda, the nearest, large spiral galaxy in our own neighborhood. Then, it'll be like two big, evenly matched kids battling it out on the schoolyard.—E. Sohn

Big Galaxy Swallows Little Galaxy
Big Galaxy Swallows Little Galaxy

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