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Archive for June 2017

June 1, 2017

 

Close-up of grass with frost and drops of dew on it. In the background, out of focus more grass, dark red in the top left corner.

Your Ancestors Ate Grass

It's amazing what ancient teeth can tell us about the past.

June 2, 2017

 

close up of a cockroach

Faster Than A Speeding Roach

Cockroaches running at full speed rear up on their hind legs.

June 5, 2017

 

A black and white photo. A woman is in bed, her head on a white pillow, a heating pad with a gingham pattern is draped across her forehead. She has an unhappy look on her face. A black blanket that blends with the background is pulled up to her chin.

Does Exercise Trigger Migraines?

If you're a migraine sufferer, is it helpful or risky to exercise?

June 6, 2017

 

An image of a fake brain cut in half. Each element of the brain is labelled with black text on white paper.

This Is Your Brain On Politics

Neuroscientists are studying the way people's political beliefs are related to how they express their emotions.

June 7, 2017

 

asian clam on beach

Clam Attack!

If you think the Clones on Star Wars were a threat, just wait until you hear about Asian clams.

June 8, 2017

 

black and white llama

Did You Know That Llamas Helped The Inca Empire?

Scientists analyzing ancient lake mud think that the success and development of the Inca empire was partially due to llama dung.

June 9, 2017

 

A circular looking galaxy is in the center of the screen. It is orange and blue. The background is deep black.

IRAS 16399-0937, The Megamaser Galaxy

What's the difference between a maser and a laser?

June 12, 2017

 

A black and white image. The largest part of this image is a man's face making a pained expression with three marks running from his dark hair across his right eye, nose, and mouth. The background of this is black dots on a white background. This image is also a billboard. In the left bottom corner, small people are looking at the face.

Emotional Hangover

Why do more emotionally charged moments seem more memorable?

June 13, 2017

 

On the left is a white placard with a black border that reads: Australopithecus Afarensis 3.8-2.9 mya/millions d' annees Next to that is a skull of an Australopithecus Afarensis. It's dark brown and the teeth are yellow.

Lucy In The Trees

Did Australopithecus afarensis walk like humans or chimpanzees?

June 14, 2017

 

water flowing into bright blue water

What Is Rock Flour?

Why are some mountain lakes so beautiful? Thank a glacier.

June 15, 2017

 

An image of the antikythera mechanism. It's enclosed in clear glass. The mechanism is green, light green, and dark colored stone.

The Mysterious Mechanism of Antikythera

An ancient machine was recovered by divers off the coast of Antikythera.

June 16, 2017

 

A baby looks into the camera. Some of her fingers are in her mouth. The baby's eyes are dark brown, but there is some red eye visible.

Babies Need Surprises

Surprises prompt babies to test the rules they've already learned about the world.

June 19, 2017

 

a close-up image of a recreated dinosaur's teeth and jawline taken from a low angle. The background is completely black.

The Story In Their Teeth

The long incubation period for dinosaurs may have contributed to their extinction.

June 20, 2017

 

Giant penguins

The Giant Penguins of Peru

What was nearly five feet tall, gray and rust colored and ate fish?

June 21, 2017

 

A green spider on a matching green leaf

Biodiversity Success

Which phylum is the most successful on the planet?

June 22, 2017

 

moose in water

Moose and People

Despite their obvious differences, humans and moose share a common, painful ailment.

June 23, 2017

 

Birth control packet up close

Pollution And Synthetic Estrogen

Pollution containing synthetic estrogen can have a negative impact on animals and people.

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