How to avoid becoming a character on the Walking Dead (through science!)

Zombies vs. Humans on the Walking Dead. This could be avoidable with the right chemistry!

Just in time for Halloween (my personal favorite holiday), Scientific American has published an interview with a chemist and zombie fan, Dr. Raychelle Burks.  She advises us that, in case of zombie apocalypse, Eau de Death may be our best hope.
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The Safest Explosion: The Science of Airbag Technology in Motorcycles

As motorcycles increase on the road, often as a fuel-efficient commuting choice, what is the best way to keep these riders safe?  While helmets and armored clothing protect many, the vast majority of motorcycles lack airbags, despite being a required safety feature in cars that save thousands of lives per year.  The Multistrada D-Air, a new integrated airbag system from Ducati and Dainese, aims to bring airbags to the motorcycle market in a new and innovative way.   But how do these systems work?
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Insects and You: An Essential Partnership for Scientific Discovery

Asian camel cricket

Common cricket

Finding a strange insect in your home is usually unwelcome, but what if you could use that discovery to contribute to scientific research? This concept is called “citizen science” and new research from NC State University has citizen scientists play an essential role in looking at the biodiversity of cricket species previously thought non-existent in the eastern United States.
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