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Archive for November 2015

November 2, 2015


oxpecker on rhino's nose

The Mighty Oxpecker

The oxpecker and the rhino make quite the odd couple but they need each other.

November 3, 2015


ancient columns from oracle at Delphi

Chemical Oracle

Water samples from the Greek oracle at Delphi show traces of ethylene, a gas that can induce trance-like states.

November 4, 2015


balled up piece of graphing paper

Why The Brain Has So Many Folds

The human brain is a FOLDer of information.

November 5, 2015



Emotions and the Common Cold

According to a recent study, anxiety and depression do not make you more susceptible to the common cold.

November 6, 2015


chimp, up-side down, smiling

Chimps Drink Alcohol, Too

Chimps evolved a taste for alcohol to get extra calories and, as it so happens, to get drunk.

November 9, 2015



Variety in Diet 

The more variety in a given meal, the more food you consume.

November 10, 2015



Leafhoppers Like Global Warming

As temperatures rise due to global warming, leafhoppers are spreading their campaign of terror on plants.

November 11, 2015


birds migrating

Digestion and Migration

During migration, birds' digestive system partially shuts down to conserve energy for flight.

November 12, 2015



Lazy Ants

Scientists think they know why some ants get the job done while others kick back and watch them work.

November 13, 2015


bearded lady

Whiskers on Women?

For many women, growing older means growing a few whiskers.

November 16, 2015



Probing Through the Ice: From Antarctica To Europa

Europa, Jupiter's moon, has water that may support life. The only problem is it's buried under a thick layer of ice.

November 17, 2015



Quail Losers 

Lady quails don't go for the prize fighter; they prefer less aggressive males.

November 18, 2015


CHOICE fluorescent sign

Don’t be Choosy

Increased consumer choice decreases your level of satisfaction.

November 19, 2015



The Ecological Niche

An ecological niche is not the space occupied by a species but the set of conditions required for its survival.

November 20, 2015


Image of Greek warrior

Paleogenomics and the Bronze Age

Genetic analysis of ancient remains can uncover buried facts about our cultural evolution, like why we drink milk.

November 23, 2015


space shuttle in orbit

Reentry Heat

The Columbia space shuttle disintegrated while re-entering Earth's atmosphere due to damage caused from its launch. Here's why it went up but didn't come down.

November 24, 2015



Rabbits Down Under 

Leporiphobia is the fear of rabbits. It's a real thing and it's entirely justified.

November 25, 2015


salt shaker

Why Salt Clumps

Salt absorbs water vapor from surrounding air and sometimes partially liquifies and clumps together in the process.

November 26, 2015


luminol splatter

A Moment of Crime

Investigators shine a light on crime scenes mysteries with the help of luminol—a luminescent chemical that reacts with blood.

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