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Archive for October 2014

October 1, 2014

 

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Green Potatoes

Greens are highly nutritious, and so are potato skins. But when it comes to green potato skins, stay away!

October 2, 2014

 

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Cooking Up Human Intelligence

The ratio of brain to body size is no greater in humans than other primates, so where do we get our smarts?

October 3, 2014

 

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Female Hair Loss

Hair loss is not "Just For Men." Female pattern baldness, though rarely discussed, affects 20 million women in the U.S. alone.

October 6, 2014

 

a tech instructs patient before MRI procedure

How MRI Machines Work

MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a noninvasive means by which doctors get detailed visuals of the body's interior and are able to detect abnormalities.

October 7, 2014

 

Smiling young chimp

How Similar Are Humans and Chimps?

The same brain hormone affects feelings and behaviors in both chimps and humans, causing humans and chimps to share a variety of traits.

October 8, 2014

 

Snail

Homing in on Snails

Why did the snail cross the road? To get back home.

October 9, 2014

 

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Offer Veggies Early

Serving kids vegetables often and early might best way to influence their diet.

October 10, 2014

 

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The Battle Over Iron

Iron can be used by our body for good or bad, depending on which cells get a hold of it.

October 13, 2014

 

prostrate young man struggles to sleep

Sleep Your Way to Better Grades

Sleep loss negatively affects school performance more than binge drinking or smoking marijuana.

October 14, 2014

 

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A Cottonwood, a Beaver and a Beetle

Where most insects fear to tread, a brave beetle feasts on beaver-ravaged cottonwood trees.

October 15, 2014

 

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Amazing Octopus Arms

Octopus arms have a mind of their own: When they're amputated, the arms live on for at least an hour, moving around and grasping things.

October 16, 2014

 

Weight Scale

Are You At A Healthy Weight?

BMI, or Body Mass Index, estimates whether one is over or under weight for his or her height.

October 17, 2014

 

rows of iron supplements

Iron Loading

You could be overdosing on iron without even knowing it, which can cause lethal damage to your heart and liver.

October 20, 2014

 

mossy tree trunk

Mossy North Side

In the middle latitudes of the northern hemisphere, southward facing objects get more sunlight throughout the year.

October 21, 2014

 

plastic bag in ocean

One Word: Plastics

There's so much plastic pollution in the environment, that plastic infused stones, or plastiglomerates, are forming all over the world.

October 22, 2014

 

Burgess Shale

Fossil Find Solves a Double Mystery

Scientists link mysterious ice-cream cone shaped fossils to Hallucigenia, a spiny, soft-bodied creature from 500 million years ago.

October 23, 2014

 

3 people collaborate while standing around a table

Stand-Up Performance

Standing up while doing tasks makes workers more creative and collaborative.

October 24, 2014

 

starlings flying in strange pattern

Are We Confusing the Birds?

Our electrical gadgets are jamming migratory birds' navigational senses.

October 27, 2014

 

Anthrax bacteria (green) being swallowed by an immune system cell

Anthrax Attacks

Anthrax is an infectious disease caused when spore-forming bacteria enter the body.

October 28, 2014

 

gentian with closed petals

Shelter From the Storm

When gentians sense the cold air that precedes a downpour, they shutter their petals from the rain to protect their pollen.

October 29, 2014

 

stack of cinnamon sticks

Cinnabark

Do you know where cinnamon comes from? Bark from a Sri Lankan laurel tree.

October 30, 2014

 

ash tray with nicotine patch

Nicotine Patch

The patch imparts increasingly smaller doses of nicotine over time to help the addict gradually break smoking habits without withdrawal effects.

October 31, 2014

 

photo of a super moon

Birth of the Moon

Where did the moon come from? Here's a crash course on lunar beginnings.

October 4, 2014

 

Five people carrying butterfly nets hike up a grassy hill by a mountain.

Mother Earth Takes Citizen Scientists To Task

Volunteers around the country assist researchers studying the environment.

October 12, 2014

 

A golden eagle in the sky with its wings spread.

Bloomington’s Ripe With DIY Science

Calling all science enthusiasts of Bloomington, Indiana! Get bonafide and have fun with these volunteer projects.

October 18, 2014

 

Earth’s Eternal Flames

One of the world's oldest eternal fires gets demystified.

October 25, 2014

 

A cup of coffee with a heart drawn in the foam.

Coffee Debate Brews

Before you grab your next cup of coffee, check out these latest scientific studies.

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