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Archive for January 2011

January 3, 2011

 

Empty champagne glasses

Does Champagne Taste Better In A Good Glass?

Champagne is a great to drink during times of celebration. Does the glass you pour champagne into matter?

January 4, 2011

 

Salted peanuts

What Is The Difference Between Food Intolerance And Food Allergy?

Do you or someone you know have a food allergy or intolerance?

January 5, 2011

 

Opossum playing possum

Why Do Opossums Hang Upside Down By Their Tails?

Are Opossums related to rats? Why do they enter a comatose like state?

January 6, 2011

 

Wind farm by mountain

Do Wind Farms Affect Temperature?

Wind farms are appearing all over the United States as an energy alternative. However, are they causing more harm than good.

January 7, 2011

 

Fishing boat out on water

Do “Flying Fish” Actually Fly?

Wow, what was that? Could it have been a flying fish?

January 10, 2011

 

elderly couple on a bench

The United States Is Falling Behind In Life Expectancy

How come the United States is falling behind other countries when it comes to increases in life expectancy?

January 11, 2011

 

A polling station in the UK

Polling The Public: Margin Of Error And Confidence Level

When the polls open lots of statistics are gathered. What is a margin of error and what is a confidence level. Why do they even matter?

January 12, 2011

 

A model of the Earth

What Would Happen If An Asteroid Hit Earth?

In 1987, an asteroid came within six orbital hours of hitting earth. What happens if the timing is right?

January 13, 2011

 

A telescope set up outside

Venus Glows In The Dark!

Venus may appear to glow under moonlight but the planet also glows in infrared light.

January 14, 2011

 

Aspirin in different assorted packages

The History Of Aspirin And How It Works

"Take two aspirin and call me in the morning." What is the history of aspirin and how does it work?

January 17, 2011

 

bushtit bird

Bird Hormones Mirror Life Strategies

Is there a physiological mechanism that helps regulate life strategies?

January 18, 2011

 

light lines created by a flashlight

How To Calculate The Speed Of Light

Learn how Ole Roemer learned that light does take time to travel.

January 19, 2011

 

Hawthorn with large thorns

How Hawthorns Helped Create An Ecological Balance

History can explain why plants and animals look the way they do today.

January 20, 2011

 

A corn and beans salad

Corn And Beans Grow Well Together… Why?

The Maya knew that corn and beans grow well together, just as in this country some farmers rotate their crops.

January 21, 2011

 

A blackhole in space

What Is A Black Hole?

Black holes were always the most dangerous thing when traveling through space in science fiction shows. What are black holes and how do they form?

January 24, 2011

 

An ant crawling on a wooden table

Do Insects Respect The Law Of Gravity?

You stomp at an ant crawling along the baseboard, and it escapes by climbing the wall. How do insects deal with gravity?

January 25, 2011

 

Children's painted handprints

Why Do My Hands And Feet Sweat So Much?

Why do hands and feet sweat so much? How do hormones and the nervous system control the body's cooling system?

January 26, 2011

 

A baby being held by parents

The Science Of Baby Babble

Sounds like "baba" and "dada" and "mama" are common to hear from a six-month old.

January 27, 2011

 

The Oort Cloud

The Oort Cloud And Comets

Have you heard about the Oort Cloud?

January 28, 2011

 

Inside an atom

Why The World Is Mostly Empty Space

The chair you're sitting on and even the computer you're reading could be considered empty space!

January 31, 2011

 

Close up of a brown eye.

How To Find Your Blind Spot

Can you find your blind spot? And I'm not talking about the one in your rear view mirror.

January 10, 2011

 

Drinking Water

There’s Too Much Fluoride In Drinking Water

In order to protect the public from fluorosis and unnecessary chemicals, the HHS and EPA recommend that fluoride levels in drinking water be lowered.

January 10, 2011

 

Red-wing blackbird perched on a branch

Why Birds Fell From The Sky Over New Years

News spread quickly about "birds falling from the sky." What happened to the birds?

January 13, 2011

 

A look at Lake Vostok's ice sheet

14 Million Years Old And Sealed Off From The World… Until Now

Russian scientists are eagerly waiting to explore Lake Vostok in Antarctica.

January 14, 2011

 

Two people making a toast with alcohol.

Superconductors Work Better With A Little Bit Of Alcohol

A few scientists in Japan made an amazing discovery after celebrating with alcohol.

January 18, 2011

 

Skunk family crossing the road

The Smelliest Animal On Earth: The Zorrilla

What is black and white and very smelly all over?

January 24, 2011

 

MRI scan of human

The Joy Of Music: It’s All In Your Brain (Chemistry)

Recent studies at McGill University give evidence that we are biologically programmed to listen to music.

January 25, 2011

 

green grapes in bunches

Wine Lovers, There Is A Grape Shortage!

New grapes will be needed to continue to produce wine.

January 27, 2011

 

Gray Chopin statue

What Was Wrong With Chopin? Epilepsy May Be The Answer

Frederic Chopin, the composer and pianist, may have suffered from epilepsy.

January 28, 2011

 

A family in profile against a sunset

Divorce More Harmful To Sons Than Daughters

A new study reports that boys who had divorced parents had a tougher time than girls.

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