Have you ever used duct tape to tape a duct? Do you even know what a duct is? Maybe not. But you definitely know what duct tape is, and you’ve probably used it to fix everything from glasses to flashlights. Now, thanks to one study, we can officially add to the already long list of [...]
While flu symptoms can include headaches, stomach cramps, and diarrhea, more often than not, flu symptoms tend to be muscle aches and sinus problems.
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.
Water weight doesn’t mean that you’ve been drinking too much–it means that you haven’t been drinking enough and that your body has detected a water shortage and is retaining water.
After all, as children we internalize the emotional reactions of those around us and store them in emotional brain circuits. Then, later, when we encounter a moral problem, these automatic gut feelings guide our decision- making.
Although tobacco companies advertise some cigarettes as “light,” this is just an advertising ploy to obscure the risks associated with smoking–smoking a light cigarette is just as risky as smoking a regular one.
The same thing happens to the air in the car. When the car stops the air keeps moving forward. This results in more air, or higher air pressure, in the front of the passenger compartment.
For decades, mathematical ecologists struggling to formulate equations that accurately describe the relationship between predator and prey have come up against the following paradox: if the predators are too successful, the prey population dies out, and then the predators end up starving.
At the University of California , David Julius and his research team have been making some interesting discoveries involving tongue receptors and a substance contained in chili peppers. They found that this substance activates the same receptors that senses heat.
When a group of neighborhood kids have a water fight, the amassed weaponry is truly astounding. An aquatic arms race has resulted in Super Soaker water guns that can blast streams of water fifty feet across the yard.
Ever wonder if fruit flies sleep? Find out on today's Moment of Science.
Soy milk, soy cheese, soy burgers, tofu–you’ve no doubt heard plenty about how good soy is for your body. It’s high in protein, fiber and healthy oils; and among other benefits, it reduces one’s risk of cardiovascular disease. But have you heard that soy can cause kidney stones?
This process is called osmosis; it dilutes the sugar-water inside the cells. But all the water coming in raises the pressure inside the cells so that eventually, the cell walls burst.
Why can’t leaves change colors, stay on their trees, and change back to green again when spring comes?
The female wood mouse has multiple mates, so the sperm of this wood mouse may be competing with sperm from other males.
It’s commonly said that cooked fruits and vegetables are not as good for you as raw ones. Is this statement true? Find out on today’s Moment of Science.
Now, at sunset, the lowest mile or so of the atmosphere is filled with things like vehicle exhaust, dust, smoke, and water vapor, and all these pollutants scatter light.
Ants are the recipients of a lot of pranks in the insect world. The particular hoax I have in mind, though, involves caterpillar larvae that fool ants into feeding and caring for them.
They discovered that baseball teams playing at home won over half the time. However, if the visiting team had just traveled eastward, say, from L.A. to New York, the home team scored more runs.
Also, earth’s core is a metal sphere 800 miles wide, but just pretend we’ve bored through it. What would be the result? For one thing, you could then travel to the other side of the world in under one hour.
Although dwarfism can result in some medical problems such as spinal stenosis, where the spinal column is too narrow to accommodate the spinal cord, many little people lead healthy, productive lives. A more common problem involves inaccessibility in public spaces.
While the tombs of ancient Egyptian royalty do indeed bear curses calling down death and destruction on all who enter, tombs all over the world hold hidden perils for explorers, like Lord Carnarvon, who discovered King Tut’s tomb only to die suddenly shortly afterward.
Playing dead doesn't seem like much of a strategy, but it works for the opossum, commonly known as the possum.
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?
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.
In his book Cosmos, the late scientist Carl Sagan talks about the way in which the earth is regularly struck by material from outer space. These collisions with space debris can be minor–as in a shooting star on a summer night–or amazingly destructive, as in the collision that probably killed off the dinosaurs. Thankfully, the [...]
Today’s Big and Bad File entry is the world’s hottest chili pepper. The hottest of all peppers is the Scotch Bonnet.