biology

The Secret To Holding Your Breath For 20 Minutes

Illusionist and stunt performer Harry Houdini was famously capable of holding his breath for over three minutes. But today, competitive breath-hold divers can squeeze ten, fifteen, even twenty minutes out of a single lungful of air. How do these divers do it — and how can you train to hold…

Sweet-Smelling Locust Pheromone Could Be Key to Stopping Their Swarms

Sweet-Smelling Locust Pheromone Could Be Key to Stopping Their Swarms

Scientists have identified the pheromone responsible for turning individual locusts into the swarming variety. They also found a way to “turn off” locusts’ ability to respond to this pheromone, in a breakthrough that could lead to new control strategies for preventing the spread of these voracious and extremely destructive insects.