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Archive for December 2014

December 1, 2014

 

leatherback turtle hatchling on the beach

The Leatherback Turtle: Part 1

Leatherback turtles, immune to cold waters, lay eggs whose sex is determined by water temperature.

December 2, 2014

 

leatherback sea turtle, beachside

The Leatherback Turtle: Part 2

To make matters worse, the leatherback sometimes mistakes the soft plastic refuse littering the ocean for its normal snack-of-choice, jellyfish

December 3, 2014

 

setting sun cast woman's silouhette

So Long, Sun

Bad news: The sun is going to burn out and life as we know it will be over. Good news: We've still got 5 billion years left.

December 4, 2014

 

Aesop illustration of crow dropping rocks in pitcher of water

Clever Crows

Scientists prove crows are just as clever as they are fabled to be.

December 5, 2014

 

full moon and lunar eclipse

New Moon

In case there was ever any doubt, Earth only has one moon.

December 8, 2014

 

Orca emerges from Arctic waters

The Better to Hear You

From bats to whales, echolocation helps certain mammals navigate environments with limited visibility using reflected sounds.

December 9, 2014

 

low-lit wine cellar

When Wine Turns to Vinegar

Regardless of how old or pricey, good wine goes bad without quality corking and storage.

December 10, 2014

 

parent holds infant's hand

Beyond Post Partum

Post-partum depression does not adequately account for the range of anxieties that come with early parenthood.

December 11, 2014

 

German barricade in Copenhagen

Adapting to Starvation

Starvation can have devastating effects that unfold over multiple generations as a process of adaptation.

December 12, 2014

 

polar bear mother and pup

How Do Polar Bears Drink?

Polar bears have evolved so that they don't need to drink liquid water.

December 15, 2014

 

celebrity in gown at red carpet event surrounded by paparazzi

Celebrity Worshipers

If you believe that life deals a fair hand, you're more likely to worship celebrities.

December 16, 2014

 

panda sleeping in a tree

Adding Up Missed Sleep

Losing a couple hours of sleep each night adds up to major sleep deprivation.

December 17, 2014

 

desert landscape

The Dirt On Desert Soil

Topsoil comes in many different forms, from nutrient-rich dirt to desert sand.

December 18, 2014

 

bare stomach with heart drawn on navel

A Balanced Gut is a Healthy Gut

Want to give your immune system a boost? Balance your gut bacteria.

December 6, 2014

 

Pot of chicken noodle soup with carrots, noodles, and celery.

Chicken Soup for the Common Cold

Study proves that chicken soup helps alleviate cold symptoms.

December 13, 2014

 

Earth as seen from space.

Searching For Water In Outer Space

Data from the Rosetta mission, the Mars rover and the Herschel space observatory point to water's extraterrestrial origins.

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