Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Like Legos? Built With Chrome!

"Think back: you’ve just dumped a bin of LEGO® bricks onto the floor with a satisfying crash, and you have the whole day ahead of you to build whatever you want. There’s something pretty amazing about being able to piece together your ideas with just a collection of colorful bricks. 

Well, we think the creative freedom of LEGO bricks shouldn’t be limited to plastic bins—which is the idea behindBuild with Chrome, a collaboration between Chrome and the LEGO Group that brought these colorful bricks to the web using WebGL, a 3D graphics technology. It was originally built by a team in Australia as an experiment, and now we’re opening it up to everybody. So now you can publish your wacky creations to any plot of land in the world." 

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The bad-breath defense (Caterpillars)

This is a cute article in Science News for Students:

The bad-breath defense

Caterpillars that munch tobacco fend off predatory spiders by exhaling nicotine
Tobacco hornworm caterpillars eat tobacco plants, which contain nicotine. Scientists identified a gene that helps the caterpillars move nicotine in their gut to their breath. The insects’ breath is bad enough to repel wolf spiders that normally would eat them.