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Archive for February 2017

February 1, 2017

 

A child yelling directly into the camera

Goldilocks Parenting

Parents who are generally warm and responsive are more likely to raise children who don't become bullies.

February 2, 2017

 

An image of a sunrise, clouds, and Haleakal, Maui

Sunrise, Sunset

Why does it seem like sunsets are longer than sunrises?

February 3, 2017

 

Seven giraffes facing to the right

Four Species, Not One

Conservationists recently determined that there are actually four different species of giraffes.

February 6, 2017

 

An image of an MRI scan on a desktop computer monitor.

The Brain Of A Psychopath

Scientists are studying how to diagnose psychopathy using MRIs.

February 7, 2017

 

A waning gibbous moon over eastern Europe. The moon is a bright white circle in the very middle of the top of the image. Below the moon,  there are are light blue clouds and at the very bottom of the image, white clouds.

The Moon is 238,900 Miles Away

Why is it so hard for people to visually judge how far away the moon is?

February 8, 2017

 

The moon shines over a brightly lit city

Moon Tan

Can spending enough time under a very bright moon get you tan?

February 9, 2017

 

A meteorite with a dice and ruler to give a sense of its size/scale

Introducing Ost-65

Ost-65 looks like an average meteorite, but its chemical make-up is unusual for meteorites on Earth.

February 10, 2017

 

A deer chewing on a branch.

Deer Attack

Trees know when someone or something is eating them.

February 13, 2017

 

An image of Carbon's representation on the periodical table of elements.

Where Did Carbon Come From?

Carbon is key to life on earth. But was carbon there from the beginning, when the planet formed?

February 14, 2017

 

An image of Westerlund 2.

Project Starshot

What if only took 20 years, rather than 30,000, to reach Proxima Centauri?

February 15, 2017

 

Wind blowing snow and weeds in a field.

How Cold Does It Feel?

How does the National Weather Service calculate the windchill?

February 16, 2017

 

A photograph of what appears to be a pond. Green-brown algae is on the edges. In the middle of the photograph and the pond, you can see below the water's surface. What you can see is seaweed. A few dark blue spaces.

A Fishy Gaze

Green sunfish can see quite well in water that is thick and murky. How?

February 17, 2017

 

Magnetic core computer storage that has been framed and set up in an art gallery wall style.

DNA Storage Solution

As more and more data is generated, researchers are trying to find new storage methods.

February 20, 2017

 

From Left to right: left image is UGC 1382 from one telescope image it appears as a small white football shaped burst of light, another image of UGC 1382 larger, still white and football shaped in the center with blue appearing spirals, and all the way to the right: UGC 1382 with a white football shape in the center, but with bright green spirals around it

A “Frankenstein” Galaxy

UGC 1382 used to be considered a pretty boring galaxy.

February 21, 2017

 

A female Rufous Hummingbird with its beak inside a bright pink flower. The photo has captured a moment where the bird looks completely still, except for its blurred wings.

Coextinction

Coextinction is an important consideration in conservation efforts.

February 22, 2017

 

a close-up image of a gardener's glove. In the center of it is an earthworm.

Jumping Worms

Amynthas, an invasive species in the Midwestern United States, removes leaf litter from forest floors at roughly double the rate of earthworms.

February 23, 2017

 

Ghostly fogbow over ocean

A Rainbow’s Ghostly Cousin

Fogbows are created in much the same way as normal rainbows are. The main difference is the size of the water droplets which affect the light's refraction.

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