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.
What we call “the flu bug” is really many different viruses. There are two main families: A and B, and both have many individual members, like Influenza A-Moscow, Influenza A-Panama and Influenza B-Sichuan.
Why do some creatures have spots and stripes, while others don't?
Over 4,000 years ago, the Babylonians were the first to approximate pi, and ever since, mathematicians have come up with ways of figuring it more accurately.
In fact, there are several reasons, the major one being that telephones completely remove any visual cues from the process of communication. Not only do we read emotional content off the posture of a speaker’s body and face, but language comprehension is aided by a subtle form of lip reading.
This means that the water pumping in and out of them also provides them with nutrients and enables them to eliminate waste products. If you’ve ever wished you were just a little bit taller, try measuring your height in the morning. It might make all the difference.
As you may already know, heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in people who are older than sixty-five. What’s more, there’s a growing body of evidence that emotional stress can contribute to cardiovascular disease.
You’re probably wondering how that can be when vitamin pills are synthetic, and boiled spinach is all natural. Well, when it comes to vitamins, synthetic doesn’t mean inferior. Even pills touted as all-natural contain some synthetics–otherwise they’d be the size of golf balls.
What do IQ tests really measure? Find out what psychologists think, on this Moment of Science.
How is it that sometimes people survive multiple lightening strikes, while others die instantly?
Ice cream and soda... an amazing combination but how do you get rid of the foam?
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.
Lack of pigment also makes eyes extremely sensitive to bright light. The pigment that determines whether your eyes are blue, brown, green, or gray normally helps to filter out stray light.
Until recently, most black boxes worked like tape recorders, using magnetic tape to record voice and electronic data. Current manufacturers use solid state memory boards, like the kind used in personal computers.
Once flour is mixed with wet ingredients, strands of gluten protein in the flour stretch out and link up with other protein molecules.
If you find hairs in the bathtub after a shower or you find hairs stuck in your comb, don’t worry; you’re not necessarily going bald. And yet if you kept track of all the hairs you found over a period of a few years, it would seem that what’s left on top must be getting thinner.
A substance in curry, already known to carry several health benefits, seems to protect skin during radiation therapy. The substance I’m speaking of is curcumin. It’s in turmeric, a curry ingredient. In fact, it’s what gives turmeric its yellow color.
So what is actually happening when a moisturizer is rejuvenating your skin? First, moisturizers help your skin stay hydrated by either forming a barrier that prevents the water in your skin from evaporating, or by pulling water from the skin’s inner layers out to the skin’s surface.
Humans are fouling the planet at an unprecedented rate. In this Moment of Science, we talk about a substance that we normally might consider a pollutant, but can also be used to clean up pollution. It may come as a surprise to you to learn that different kinds of animal manure may help treat some […]
Ever wonder how night vision goggles work? Seeing in the Dark, on today's Moment of Science.
Their descendants were even more vain, so in 16th century Venice mirror makers discovered the technique of backing a piece of glass with a reflecting metal composed of tin and mercury, producing a much clearer reflection.
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.
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.
To be able to withstand a bomb blast, a luggage container must be made of pretty strong stuff. The magic ingredient in the best-known bombproof container is called Glare, which is short for “reinforced glass.”
Vaccines consist of mild doses of disease-causing bacteria or virus that trigger the creation of antibodies that fight infection.