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Archive for March 2015

March 2, 2015

 

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How Many Calories Are In Your Lunch?

Are you counting calories? Here's how food scientists get their figures.

March 3, 2015

 

campfire

Surface Crackle

Here's a life hack that every camper should know: kindling.

March 4, 2015

 

banjo

Kissing Cousins

The claim that inbreeding causes genetic defects is greatly inflated due to social taboos against the practice.

March 5, 2015

 

bats exiting cave

Bat Jammers

Bats can elicit sound frequencies that disrupt other bats' sonar signals.

March 6, 2015

 

vintage illustration of rocket on moon

Rifts on the Moon

The man in the moon's face was actively formed by hot lava and other geological forces.

March 9, 2015

 

packaged fish

Why Fish Smells More than Meat

The reason fish smell bad is partly chemical, partly psychological.

March 10, 2015

 

hand with bent forefinger

Double Joints

Double-jointedness is a myth. Though you might be able to stretch your muscles twice as far as others, you owe it to a single, extra-flexible joint.

March 11, 2015

 

sagebrush plant

Plants Listen to the Relatives

Plants communicate with each other, but keep it close to home.

March 12, 2015

 

smiling mom and baby

Babies and Birds

In addition to hearing your voice, babies also rely on non-verbal communication to learn how to talk.

March 13, 2015

 

yucca moths in plant

Yucca Flowers and Yucca Moths

Yucca moths and flowers depend on each other for reproduction.

March 16, 2015

 

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Ghost in the Lab

Scientists trick the brain into attributing signals from its own body to an invisible "ghostly" presence.

March 17, 2015

 

gecko climbing up glass pane

Gecko Glue

Scientists uncover the secret to geckos' gravity defying mobility: hairy feet.

March 18, 2015

 

Beautiful cave paintings dating from the late Neolithic, Epipaleolithic and early Bronze Age. The Magura cave in Bulgaria.

How Art Began

Scientists date an Indonesian cave painting to 40,000 years old—shaking up previous ideas about art's origins and migration.

March 19, 2015

 

scrub jay transporting a peanut in its beak

It Takes One to Know One

Birds of a feather steal together (and suspiciously hide food from one another).

March 20, 2015

 

woman focuses

Distract Your Way to Weight Loss

How do you fight snack cravings? Distract yourself from food distractions.

March 23, 2015

 

muscle man flexes forearm

Conan the Bacterium

Even global nuclear war couldn't wipe out this powerful strain of bacteria!

March 24, 2015

 

Greek text from Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stones and Aliens

Can deciphering texts from ancient civilizations teach us anything about communicating with alien civilizations?

March 25, 2015

 

tattoo artist wields tattoo gun on canvas arm

My Ouch Ain’t Yours

Pain is experienced differently, as each person produces different levels of pain-numbing endorphins.

March 26, 2015

 

applying alcohol to papercut

Alcohol On A Wound

Alcohol creates a burning sensation on open wounds because it triggers your body's heat receptors.

March 27, 2015

 

caterpillar with spikes

Stinging Caterpillars

Most caterpillars are harmless, but you don't want to take your chances.

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