You’ve probably seen one of the stunning first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, and maybe even heard that the images are “false color”. In this post I’ll talk first about why the false coloring is necessary in the first place, and then guide you through the steps to download the raw images from NASA and then combine them into your own colorful masterpiece.

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What do giraffes, angelfish, and seashells all have in common? Their surface patterns, from the patches on giraffe coats to the stripes on the angelfish, are formed through the reaction-diffusion process, a mathematical model describing the interplay between an activator and inhibitor.

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When the world seems increasingly dystopian, sometimes the best way to grapple with reality is to turn to fiction. Novels like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Octavia Butler’s Parable Series highlight the disturbing ways science fiction parallels, and sometimes predicts, our current reality

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Scientists have discovered the chemical composition of the sex hormones of female Asian giant hornets. They have found a way to use these hormones to set traps for males, opening the door for an additional potential way to control the spread of this invasive species in the US and Canada.

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