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Archive for October 2017

October 2, 2017


Blue sky begins to break through the clouds over Arctic Ocean ice Sept. 9, 2009.

Plastic In The Arctic

Plastic waste from the eastern United States, the UK, and Europe is ending up in the Arctic Ocean.

October 3, 2017


A cave in Mexico.

A Bend In The Skull

Mexican blind cavefish may have evolved to be asymmetrical.

October 4, 2017


Earth from Space

How Did The Earth Form?

Scientists theorize on how rocks and minerals stuck together with enough force to actually form planets.

October 5, 2017


A woman next to a white board with the word moist written on it in big letters.

Why Do People Hate The Word Moist?

In a recent study, 20% of the test subjects indicated they disliked the word, "moist."

October 6, 2017


a globe

Europe Or Africa

A recent study suggests the ancestors of humans may have come from Europe rather than Africa.

October 9, 2017


bumblebee on thistle

Bumblebee Pollination Methods

Bumblebees use sonication to get pollen from a flower's anther.

October 10, 2017


A dog.

Raising Wolves

Wolf pups raised by humans do bond with their caretakers, although the bond is different than it is with dogs.

October 11, 2017


2 anenomefish.

Why Anemonefish Fathers Make Great Dads

Isotocin might be why anenomefish are such attentive fathers.

October 12, 2017


Three zeroes

Before Zero

Zero is one of humanity's greatest inventions.

October 13, 2017



Osmosis And Bouquets

Why do we put cut flowers in water? Does it really help?

October 16, 2017


an aye-aye lemur

The Baby Schema

People are predisposed to think animals with "infantile features" are cute.

October 17, 2017


a fangblenny

Venomous Fish

Venom in fishblennies is being studied as a potential new painkiller.

October 4, 2017


King Tut's iconic golden mask

Tutankhamun And The Incan Ice Maiden

In the spirit of Halloween, an AMOS introduction to famous mummies.

October 11, 2017


a museum reconstruction of Xin Zhui

The Discovery of Xin Zhui

Xin Zhui's body is so well-preserved her skin is described as feeling alive.

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