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Archive for January 2012

January 2, 2012

 

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Why Is It So Difficult To Spot A Plane In The Air?

How many times have you heard a jet plane going over but not been able to find it even though you were looking toward where the sound was coming from?

January 3, 2012

 

lightening strikes

Lightning Helps Fertilize The Soil

In addition to providing a spectacular light show, and scaring us to death, lightning also helps fertilize the soil.

January 4, 2012

 

Siamese fighting fish in a small bowl

Airhead Fish

Find out which fish will survive best in your little fishbowl!

January 5, 2012

 

hammer and rocks

History Of The Pythagoreans & Their Musical Harmony Discovery

Iamblichus is known for having written books about the Pythagoreans--a mystical sect of early Greek philosophers who investigated numbers.

January 6, 2012

 

music notes

Noise Pollution Is Affecting Whales

If a noisy neighbor is blasting music, drowning out your conversations and interrupting your sleep, you can call the police. But what is a whale to do?

January 9, 2012

 

jelly fish on blue background

Glow In The Dark Cats, Monkeys, And HIV

Glowing cats and monkeys? No, you're not dreaming!

January 10, 2012

 

a hot air balloons flys past a snowy mountain

Hot Air: The Physics Of Rising Air

Learn more about the physics of hot air and why mountain tops are so cold.

January 11, 2012

 

drawing of a brain - sketched

Is My Brain Static Or Constantly Changing?

Scientists used to think that for all its complexity, the brain was pretty static. But... is this true today?

January 13, 2012

 

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Do Magic Mushrooms Make People Nicer?

I've heard that psilocybin, which is the hallucinogenic ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, can alter people's personalities and make them nicer. Is that true?

January 16, 2012

 

golf balls

Why Do Golf Balls Have Dimples?

The little dimples on the golf ball... they're the subject of this Moment of Science.

January 17, 2012

 

hammer head shark

Sharks Are “Swimming Computers!”

To interpret a barrage of information, sharks have developed a relatively large and complex brain...

January 18, 2012

 

sun up close with sun spots

Does The Sun Spin?

True or false? The sun spins.

January 19, 2012

 

clouds in the sky

Why Are Clouds White?

Clouds can range in color from brilliant white to almost black. Why?

January 20, 2012

 

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Look Behind Your Ears

Some species use their ears not just for hearing, but for communicating as well.

January 23, 2012

 

a cat bats its paw at a toy frog

A Cat “Flips Out”

Do cats' movements when they play with toys reflect how they would hunt in the wild?

January 24, 2012

 

two people laying in the grass with their hands over their eyes

Night Vision And Humans: Why Can’t We See Color?

When we are in a fairly dark room, or outside at night away from lights, we can still see, but we can't see the colors of things very well. Why is that?

January 25, 2012

 

telescope

New Radio Telescopes Have Been Discovered: All About FAST

FAST is a new telescope that has panels that can shift position to create smaller curved dishes anywhere on its surface.

January 26, 2012

 

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Why The Sky Is Not Blue

This is partly due to pollution, but even in the cleanest air the sky is lighter near the horizon due to the effect of earth's atmosphere on sunlight.

January 27, 2012

 

man underwater

The Blurry World Underwater

Why can't we landlubbers focus underwater without goggles?

January 30, 2012

 

refrigerator coils

The Rolling Boil That Cools Your Food

It sounds crazy, but household refrigerators keep food cold by bringing liquid fluorocarbon to a boil.

January 31, 2012

 

open refrigerator

Why Refrigerators Hum

How does the gas coolant that just chilled your fridge make the coils warm? The secret's in the refrigerator's hum.

January 3, 2012

 

headphones

Your Sense Of Hearing Could Use A Vacation Too

Do your ears a favor in 2012 and resolve to turn down the volume.

January 11, 2012

 

Cigarette

No Easier Path to Smoking Cessation

A new study shows quitters using nicotine replacement therapy are just as likely to relapse as those who stop smoking cold turkey.

January 18, 2012

 

Chest X-ray

How To Create A Superbug

When the drugs we use to heal us create unintended monsters.

January 25, 2012

 

Crab Nebula; Supernova

Cosmic Shatter

New calculations suggest the rending of neutron star crusts may afford astrophysicists a glimpse at the insides of these bizarre celestial bodies.

January 31, 2012

 

Outlet

Getting Smarter

Small, targeted electric shocks to the brain have been shown to sharpen cognitive faculties. Would you plug yourself in?

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