In the real world, some caterpillars and plants engage in a deadly struggle for survival. We’re talking full-scale battle, involving chemical weapons no less.
Although dissection remains a staple of medical training, over the years we have developed less invasive ways of peering inside the body. One of the most revolutionary and successful is MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging.
The root of the addiction lies not just in this chemical, but in the chemical receptors located in the whiskers just outside of the caterpillar’s mouth.
This is known as a genetic bottleneck, and it meant that the remaining cheetahs were forced to breed with their relatives.
After doing some modeling, scientists tried using a special drill to extract soil from underneath the north side of the tower.
Back when most folks relied on an icebox to cool food, a block of ice was a precious commodity.If you put hot food in the icebox the ice might melt, and by the time the ice truck came through the neighborhood again all your food may have spoiled.
In treating patients with phobias, therapists address the emotion of fear and try to alter that emotion so the patient is no longer afraid. However, patients with what doctors call blood-injection-injury phobia experience more difficulty with treatment. It includes people who fear needles, blood, and surgery.
Things like coffee grounds and charcoal are called “physical deodorizers,” because they absorb tiny particles in the air that are causing the smell. The problem is, eventually they reach a state called “equilibrium,” in which the deodorizer has absorbed all it can.
Most of us know that there a good fats and bad fats. But how do we tell the difference?
If you're allergic to dust, chances are what's making you sick is dust mite fecal matter. Find out about dust mites on this Moment of Science.
If you chew gum with sugar in it, you need to chew for twenty minutes or more in order to produce enough saliva to wash away a significant amount of the sugar residue. Even then, it’s a good idea to brush your teeth afterward.
Garlic-lovers, and the unfortunate people who love them, are well aware of the reeking breath that’s caused by the tiniest bit of garlic. So why don’t products like toothpaste and mouthwash help lessen the stench? What makes garlic so persistently stinky?
What all goes into a cats diet? One thing is for sure, they like to eat. But how much can these felines handle?
While low cholesterol is something we should all shoot for, having too low of a cholesterol level may cause other health related issues away from the heart.
In 1999 an unconfirmed but seemingly authentic sighting of the ivory bill led to an expedition involving six bird experts who set out to confirm the report.
However, many scientists and psychologists are skeptical of the supposed benefits of putting infants through an intensive sign language program.
Surprisingly, even though there is no light to catch, the sunflower will continue to bend every day just as it did when it was outside. This is a classic example of what scientists call a circadian rhythm — it’s a daily cycle of behavior that is internal to the organism, rather than being solely triggered by the environment.
If you find yourself away from a city, spend an hour looking up on any clear, moonless night. You’re bound to see a few brilliant “shooting stars.” These actually have nothing to do with stars: They’re meteors, and if your viewing conditions are good, you can see about seven per hour on any given night.
When the bottle vibrates, the water inside has to vibrate with it. Having to move all that water slows down the vibrations of the glass and that in turn slows down the frequency of the sound waves, producing a lower pitch. Adding more water slows down the bottle’s vibrations even more, creating an even lower pitch.
William Nazaroff and Glenn Morrison at the University of California at Berkeley started doing experiments on carpet samples to see what the culprit was. They found a bunch of chemicals called aldehydes that were responsible for the nasty smell.
A female wasp stings a spider in her own web, temporarily paralyzing her. Then the wasp lays an egg on the spider’s abdomen. The paralysis wears off, and the spider gets up and goes about her business as usual.
Swollen Hands and Walking, on today’s Moment of Science. Do your hands swell up when you walk? If they do, it probably has to do with your circulation. The circulatory system is a one way street. Blood flows away from the heart in the arteries, down the arms and legs then back up to the […]
Amoebas have a lot more going on than any of us humans ever knew! Find out more on this Moment of Science.
The most famous tunnel is the thirty mile “Chunnel” between England and France. Thirty miles of air is a lot to push around, so engineers have come up with a clever solution. The Chunnel is actually two separate tunnels, connected by cross passages.
Grisly as it sounds, by surveying the insects in and around a corpse, forensic scientists can help determine how long ago a victim was murdered.
As in electrolysis, that is–the hair removal process involving mild doses of electrical current used to kill hair follicles.
In this Moment of Science we discuss the importance of whole grains, as well as what they are in the first place.
Household drugs like painkillers, antibiotics and hormones enter the water system in many ways. For example, some animal feeds contain antibiotics and might flood into rivers with run-off, while other antibiotics are flushed or dumped down sinks and toilets in homes.
This shows that our brains aren’t just open windows through which the world pours. They are always interpreting the information they receive. In this case, your brain knew your eyes were moving, and it interpreted the change in visual images as coming from inside your head.