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Archive for October 2012

October 1, 2012

 

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How Are Weight And Eating Time Related?

Does eating at "bad hours" affect weight?

October 2, 2012

 

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In The Past, Insects Were Huge!

Scientists have found fossilized remains of dragonflies with wingspans several feet in diameter.

October 3, 2012

 

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Parents May Be Happier Than Childless Couples

I keep hearing about studies suggesting that parents are less happy than childless couples and single people without children. How sound is this science?

October 4, 2012

 

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Fashion Tips For Lettuce

Lettuce tell you a thing or two about dressing up a salad.

October 5, 2012

 

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Why Does My Body Want To Snack?

French researchers recently found that a certain type of snacking is harder on your waistline.

October 8, 2012

 

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Roaches Can Run Fifty Body Lengths Per Second

Did you know that roaches are not only speedy but have ninja like powers of stealthiness?

October 9, 2012

 

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The History Of Smallpox

Ten percent of the population in 17th century London died gruesomely of smallpox, a virus that spread easily via airborne particles or contaminated clothing.

October 10, 2012

 

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Smallpox, Cowpox, And The History Of The Diseases

Today's Moment of Science looks at the development of the even safer cowpox vaccination.

October 11, 2012

 

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The Mysterious Liquid In Yogurt

When you open a container of yogurt, you'll often see liquid collected on top. What is it, and where does it come from?

October 12, 2012

 

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How People In Greenland Learn How To Count

The counting system of native Greenlanders not only uses all ten fingers, but all ten toes as well!

October 15, 2012

 

Calypso Orchid

Calypso Orchid: Pollination By Deception

The calypso orchid is one of the most eye catching little flowers you'll see on forest floors across the Northern United States, Canada, and Europe.

October 16, 2012

 

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What Is Plastic Lint?

Everyone has dealt with cleaning the messy lint filter after several wash cycles, but not all the lint gets trapped.

October 17, 2012

 

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Is Estrogen Entering The Environment?

Studies have shown synthetic estrogen can produce fish with drastically reduced reproductive capability, and thereby cause the collapse of entire populations.

October 18, 2012

 

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What Does “Ocean Acidification” Mean?

Is the ocean really turning to acid? Will it burn our skin off? What do scientists mean when they talk about "ocean acidification"?

October 19, 2012

 

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Create Your Own Moon Craters!

What makes science really fun is when you get to do things yourself, so today we're going to be making moon craters.

October 22, 2012

 

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Parents Model Healthy Eating

The more time parents spend working, the less time and energy they have to plan and prepare healthful meals.

October 23, 2012

 

human body book

How Does The Body Make Blood?

The body must produce the liquid part of blood, called plasma, and the cells that float in it.

October 24, 2012

 

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Americans’ Heads Are Getting Bigger

According to one study, the skulls of some Americans have actually grown over the past 120 or so years.

October 25, 2012

 

lake vostok

Lake Vostok: The Latest Updates

Because of the tremendous pressure, over three times that of the normal atmosphere, the lake's water remains liquid at about twenty seven degrees.

October 26, 2012

 

Giant penguins

What Is An Inkayacu paracasensis?

Giant penguin populations started to decline about twenty five million years ago.

October 29, 2012

 

Fossil mountain

What Makes The Burgess Shale So Remarkable?

Picture this: it's the Cambrian period. There are all sorts of strange looking creatures swimming and crawling around the ocean floor...

October 30, 2012

 

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How Do Bears Scratch An Itch?

Got an itch? You should take a lesson from bears!

October 31, 2012

 

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Why Are Kids So Sedentary?

I keep hearing about how something like one third of all American kids are either overweight or obese...

October 4, 2012

 

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Children’s Programming Replete With Bullying

According to a new content analysis of popular kids shows, youngsters in the US are constantly exposed to cruel scenarios played out on parents' TV screens.

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