As anyone who’s had a toddler knows, they’re incredibly demanding creatures. Armed with an insatiable desire to eat and/or destroy just about everything in their path, these walking embodiments of unchecked ego can be a handful. Especially when they have colds. There’s nothing quite as trying as a toddler with a head cold, stuffed up […]
The reigning theory is that infant jaws are too small to accommodate adult-sized teeth. Therefore smaller teeth are necessary until the jaw grows to its mature size.
One of the difficulties in this research was getting the creatures to bite like they really meant it, despite the fact that the pole was clearly not edible.
After all, for the basic body plan to change, not only do you need a random genetic mutation that results in a sixth finger, but that mutation must also provide an evolutionary advantage when it comes to reproduction.
Search engines aren’t smart and don’t check their data for accuracy. When you go to an Internet search engine and type in something like obesity, less than a quarter of the initial links will lead you to relevant content.
What Ben actually did in his famous 1752 experiment was to cause some excess electrical charge near a storm cloud to ground out through his kite string–still an impressive demonstration, but a much less powerful prospect than an actual lightning strike.
Killer whales communicate in a variety of dialects. There are discernible differences, however, between the chatter of killer whales that eat only fish and those that eat both fish and seals.
The Leatherback turtle is special because of its ability, unlike other sea turtles, to survive in cold waters.
The hope is that as the fly walks across the surface, its little body charges up, allowing poisonous spores to stick to its body like metal shavings to a magnet. If this happens, then soon enough, the fly will walk no more.
You may not realize it now, but current computers are going to be obsolete in a few years. Find out how on this Moment of Science.
Pacemakers are electrical devices that monitor the heart rate and helps get it up to speed when it starts pumping too slowly. The small battery powered disk is inserted just beneath the skin above the heart. A couple of attached wires monitor the heart and carry signals and impulses to and from the heart.
Can you bend your thumb backwards until it touches your wrist? If you join your hands behind your back, can you lift them over your head without letting go? If you can, you might be what some people call “double-jointed.” But, A Moment of Science wonders, how could anyone have double joints?
Are onions bad for your cat or dog? What foods should pets avoid?
It’s commonly believed that children are socialized into their respective gender roles. Pink is for girls, blue for boys, right?
The first cows that come back from milking head right for the stalls with waterbeds, and some cows have been known to wait around for other cows to clear out so that they can grab their spot.
By trapping all sorts of dirt and debris, the waxy stuff your ear produces helps keep the ear clean. Q-tips are commonly used to clean the wax from your ear when it gets to be too abundant.
It may come as a surprise if I told you that scientists have recently made discoveries that suggest baboons are capable of abstract thought. You probably thought that only apes, the actual evolutionary predecessors of humans, could think abstractly.
And since the cold numbs your nerves at the injury site, you don’t feel much pain as long as you apply ice.
A recent study of bugs and bug zappers has shown that while there’s enough electrical energy here to zap the fly, there’s not enough to harm any germs the fly might be carrying. What do you think happens to all those germs?
Who are these color-gifted critters? Hawkmoths. Almut Kelber from Sweden’s Lund University conducted an experiment that showed this surprising result. Imagine a room with a lot of artificial flowers in it, and the only ones with yummy sugar water in them are yellow or blue.
What appears to be a dark cloud or haze to our eyes is actually made of millions of tiny particles–in this case, not of water, but of burnt matter. There are two kinds of smoke detectors: ionization alarms and photoelectric alarms.
Male lactation: Fact of fiction? That’s the question on today’s Moment of Science. In 1979, a scientist concluded that there is no insurmountable physiological reason that men can’t lactate, or produce breast milk. In fact, there are a couple of cases where elderly men who received estrogen to treat prostate cancer were actually induced to […]
How effective is standardized test taking? Find out the upsides and downsides to stardized tests, on today's Moment of Science.
Anyone who has quit smoking knows that there is a strong possibility they’ll gain weight. One of the really interesting things about the nicotine in cigarettes is that it works in two ways. When you take a long drag, it acts as a tranquilizer, but when you inhale in short puffs, it acts as a stimulant.
Ice cream and soda... an amazing combination but how do you get rid of the foam?
Have you ever noticed that while it’s pretty easy to tell your dog is sick, it’s much harder to know how your cat or bird are feeling? Well, before you start asking your dog why it can’t be more stoic like animals half its size, it’s probably worth considering each animal’s place in the food […]
We all thought we knew why chameleons change color, but most of us were probably wrong. Chameleons on today’s Moment of Science.
Over the past few decades, the earthworm population has severely decreased. Since the New Zealand flatworm accidentally made its way to the British Isles in 1963, it has wreaked havoc on some of the land, devouring fields of earthworms.
As you land on top of her you realize too late the mistake you have made. You do whatever it is that bees do when they are terrified. This is no female bee, no possible mate.