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Archive for January 2015

January 1, 2015

 

Earth's atmosphere and moon

Looking for Signs of Life on Earth

The light in Earth's atmosphere may reflect signs of extraterrestrial life.

January 2, 2015

 

student sleeping in library stacks

Does School Start Too Early?

Since teenage brains need extra sleep, starting high school later in the morning is a proven way to boost test scores.

January 5, 2015

 

girl playing soccer

Are Tomboys Born or Made?

Studies show that hormones during pregnancy can later affect a child's gender-role behavior.

January 6, 2015

 

spotted Knapweed plant

Offensive Plants

Some plants produce their own herbicides to ward off invaders and protect their turf.

January 7, 2015

 

SETI â The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Radio Telescope

Is E.T. Trying to Phone?

Scientists search for narrow-band transmissions in outer space as a possible sign of extraterrestrial life.

January 8, 2015

 

telephone cord

E. T. Phoned. Now What?

Even if we do establish contact with extraterrestrials, communicating with them is a whole other story.

January 9, 2015

 

a near-Earth asteroid, called Bennu

What’s That in the Sky?

Falling sky debris doesn't pose any real threat. But in the nuclear age, asteroids could trigger war sirens.

January 12, 2015

 

lego scene with white picket fence

Good Neighborhood, Healthier Heart

People living in friendly surroundings have reduced chances of heart problems.

January 13, 2015

 

fly swatter

How High Does a Fly Fly?

Flies will travel upwards of 6,000 feet to ensure maximum annoyance.

January 14, 2015

 

Appalachian Mountains aerial view

Appalachian Bend

The Appalachian Mountain range has a strange bend in it caused by the gravitational pull of certain underground rocks.

January 15, 2015

 

exhibit of Giganto at the University of Iowa Natural History museum

The Real Bigfoot

Bigfoot is the stuff of make-believe, but Giganto was real, and was more menacing than the mythic monster.

January 16, 2015

 

mountains and glaciers

The Coldest Spot on Earth?

Antarctica takes the cake for coldest place on Earth.

January 20, 2015

 

liquid nitrogen valve

The Coldest Spot on Earth, Take 2

Thanks to human ingenuity, things get even more bitterly cold!

January 21, 2015

 

giant metallic statue of Ghengis Khan

DNA Wrath of Khan

Genghis Khan fathered an empire in more ways than one.

January 23, 2015

 

person in haz-mat suit handling radioactive material

Nuclear Waste-Eating Bacteria

"Extremophile" bacteria might be able to clean up toxic nuclear waste sites.

January 17, 2015

 

male junco in urban setting (on General Electric sign)

The “Payoff” of Promiscuity

Is promiscuous behavior in male juncos due to testosterone levels?

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