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Archive for January 2007

January 2, 2007

 

Sooty Shearwaters flying over the water's surface.

The Longest Migration On Record: Sooty Shearwaters

You probably haven't heard of the Sooty Shearwater. This creature can travel 40,000 miles in just 200 days, which is the longest migration we have on record.

January 2, 2007

 

A killer wasp sits on a tree

The Cicada Killer Wasp: Cool Or Cruel

Have you heard of the cicada killer wasp? It's a cool name, but the bug itself is quite cruel.

January 2, 2007

 

Wine bottles on a shelf

How To Pick The Best Wine… Sort Of

Do you enjoy wine, but lack the knowledge of a typical wine connoisseur? Well, for about $20,000, you can have a robot do it for you.

January 2, 2007

 

macroimage of the skin on the back of a hand

Thick Skin

What does it mean to be "thick skinned"? Why is some skin thicker than other skin?

January 9, 2007

 

Magic Mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms

Can these "magic" shrooms tell us more about our brain chemistry?

January 9, 2007

 

a napkin holder on a green tablecloth

The High-tech Napkin

Find out how scientists take a simple concept like a napkin and apply it to cutting edge technology!

January 9, 2007

 

a microimage of nematodes

Exogenesis

What is exogenesis? Is it possible that life on earth did not begin here... on earth?

January 9, 2007

 

an Israeli "death stalker" scorpion

Scorpion Venom for Tumors

Is there a way to use scorpion venom to help fight brain cancer?

January 15, 2007

 

A statue of a thinking man.

The “Aha!” Moment: How To Solve Problems

Ever had an "aha!" moment and wondered how you arrived there? Learn about what happens in the brain when the "aha!" moment occurs.

January 15, 2007

 

an image of the sun with a sunspot

Backwards Sunspot

What is a backwards sunspot and what does it signify?

January 22, 2007

 

a fan cheering with his arms in the air

High on Dopamine

Come on, get happy! How does your brain produce those feelings of excitement?

January 22, 2007

 

a girl standing with a pink blindfold

Inattentional Blindness

While you may not poor vision, you probably have experienced inattentional blindness.

January 22, 2007

 

overhead shot of two coffee mugs

Why You Should Drink Coffee

Some people have told you that it's not good to drink too much coffee. Actually, drinking several cups a day has many benefits!

January 22, 2007

 

a CT scan of a persons skull in front of a light

Scans, Scans, and More Scans

MRI, CT, PET... What are all these scans used for and how are they different?

January 22, 2007

 

a men and women restroom sign

Frightening Flushes

Why do public toilets flush so much more forcefully than the ones at home?

January 26, 2007

 

reflections of a man holding a mirror in front of his face

Losing Your Mind, Literally

How is your grandparents' memory? Your great grandparents'? What happens to your mind as you grow old?

January 26, 2007

 

barrels of toxic waste seen through a fence

Nanotech Cleanup

What is being done to clean up the nation's toxic waste?

January 26, 2007

 

evening star and moon above a mountain range at sunrise

Evening Star

Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight... What is this legendary star? Is it even a star at all?

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