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Archive for January 2006

January 2, 2006

 

Grounded, with Wings

How's it feel to be grounded with wings? Find out on this Moment of Science.

January 2, 2006

 

A Clear Eyeful of Macula

All that spinach Popeye gulped didn’t just help his muscles bulge, it’s likely that it gave him razor-sharp vision too. Spinach, alongside other green, leafy vegetables, contributes to the protection of the macula, a part of your eye that allows you to focus on fine details. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

January 2, 2006

 

Zoom!

You’re out on a clear, starry night with your best friend, looking for shooting stars. Look, there’s one, your friend shouts, but by the time you look, it’s gone. There’s another, she cries. Too late, you missed it. Then one comes along that seems to just amble across the sky, nice and slow. Why is it that some shooting stars are so fast and others are much slower? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

January 2, 2006

 

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Seed Swallower

Mmm, there's nothing like a fresh slice of watermelon until, oops, you just swallowed a seed!

January 3, 2006

 

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Alpha Tail

If you own more than one cat, you may already be aware that domestic cats have a very developed sense of pecking-order.

January 3, 2006

 

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Memory Control

Did you ever have the experience of going through a photo album you haven't seen in years, and saying to yourself, "wait a minute...that's not how it was!"

January 5, 2006

 

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Shh!

There are several ways to keep sound out if you're soundproofing your home recording studio.

January 5, 2006

 

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The Fastest Plant

What reigns among the fastest moving things on Earth? Light, of course. Bullets and rocketships. High-speed trains. What about plants?

January 5, 2006

 

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The Amazing Walking Sticks

In fact, one of the defense mechanisms of these insects, crypsis, involves their taking their resemblance to twigs as far as it will go.

January 12, 2006

 

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A Long Wait

You might have heard the old adage that glass is a liquid. Is this true?

January 12, 2006

 

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Nature May Sharpen Your Attention Span

Which environment do you think you would have the easiest time reading or studying in?

January 20, 2006

 

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The Creature with the Extra Brain in Its Gut

It would probably make a pretty cheesy horror movie, but the thing is, it's true. In fact, that creature with the extra brain is you.

January 22, 2006

 

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Putting the Freeze on Brain Freeze

If you had to guess the most common cause of headaches, would you ever suspect the culprit is ice cream?

January 22, 2006

 

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See the Heat

Do all of those bands of color have the same temperature?

January 23, 2006

 

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Dancing in Air

A skydiver's body is in a delicate balance. Gravity tugs her downward with a constant, relentless force, while air resistance pushes her upward.

January 23, 2006

 

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Cloudy Vision

Thanks in part to the wonders of modern medicine, people are living longer than every before. Living to a ripe old age does have its drawbacks, though.

January 25, 2006

 

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Asteroid Blast-eroid

The first thing you need to survive an asteroid collision is knowledge of when it's coming.

January 25, 2006

 

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Can You Taste the Chemicals?

It sounds fanciful, but Wonka's gum flavored as food is far from impossible if you have the help of a skilled flavorist.

January 28, 2006

 

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A Rose By Any Other Smell

In 1595, each rose likely did smell as sweet as the next, but now, fans of the mantra "stop and smell the roses" won't find much to smell.

January 28, 2006

 

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Gag Me with a Sword

If you want to become a professional sword swallower you have to learn to suppress your gag reflex.

January 28, 2006

 

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Juiced Up

Thanks to the simple but powerful battery power indicator, you will once again be able to change channels at lightning speed.

January 28, 2006

 

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Artsy Math

If you think science and mathematics have no place in art, then think again.

January 31, 2006

 

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Talking Trouble

One of the most amazing phases in childhood development is when infants go from making baby sounds to actually saying words.

January 31, 2006

 

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The Physics of a Splash

What happens when a droplet of liquid lands on a glass surface?

January 31, 2006

 

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No Sweat for Hippos

It waddles around, covers itself with mud, and eats plants. Bor-ing. However, hippos are a lot cooler than we normally allow. In fact, hippos never sweat.

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