Anyone who passed high school biology knows cells divide through mitosis, but new research has measured the strength of the forces at work when cells divide. A pair of scientists at the University of Tokyo in Japan looked at how slime mold Dictyostelium divides, and how it musters the strength to rip itself in half. Slime mold is a lot of things, but it turns out it's not very strong. It's downright weak. We're not afraid of you, slime mold.
Artist Kevin Van Aelst has given us the geeky breakfast we crave this morning with his excellent six-print series on cellular mitosis as illustrated by Krispy Kreme donuts. That's got to be the tastiest-looking metaphase we've seen, and it's all the better for not being on our unit exam.