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Archive for January 2013

January 1, 2013

 

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How Far Away Is The Horizon?

The horizon line can be a tricky thing to measure...

January 2, 2013

 

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Rototillers Of The Rockies

Today's Moment of Science "digs up" the story behind one of the grizzly bear's more unusual nicknames: the "Rototiller of the Rockies."

January 3, 2013

 

raindrops on the roof of a car

The Physics Of Rain On The Rear Window

Raindrops batter the front windshield and seem to avoid the back window as long as the car is moving. How is that possible?

January 4, 2013

 

two stuffed animal bears sitting outside

The Genetic Relationships Between Bears

Researchers at Penn State University and the University of Buffalo have completed the most in-depth bear DNA study to date.

January 7, 2013

 

spider silk holding down a plant

What Is Spider Silk?

What's five times as strong as steel, twice as tough as Kevlar, and can be stretched over thirty percent in length without breaking?

January 8, 2013

 

man standing on a weight-measuring scale in black socks and khakis

How To Eat Less When Dining Out

According to one study, keeping your weight in check may also depend on where you eat.

January 9, 2013

 

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Tinnitus: The Annoying Ringing Or Buzzing In Your Ear!

Have you ever heard a strange buzzing or ringing in your ear that went away after a few seconds? What is that strange occurrence called?

January 10, 2013

 

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Why Do We Need To Brush Our Teeth?

Although like our mammalian cousins we use teeth to bite and chew food but we're the only animals that brush after every meal.

January 11, 2013

 

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What Is Dust, And Where Does It Come From?

If you wipe a finger across a household surface that hasn't been cleaned in the last few days, chances are you'll come into contact with dust.

January 14, 2013

 

man staring at the chalkboard

Why Does The Sound Of Fingernails On A Chalkboard Annoy Us?

Have you ever wondered why the sound of scraping a chalkboard seems so terrible to the human ear?

January 15, 2013

 

zebra

Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?

For many animals, camouflage is an important part of survival. But a zebra's bold stripes can't help to disguise it in its natural habitat, the open plains.

January 16, 2013

 

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E-ink

If you thought erasable ink was cool, wait until you hear about today's topic on A Moment of Science: electronic ink.

January 17, 2013

 

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What Is The Difference Between A Mile And A Nautical Mile?

A Moment of Science would like to clarify a small point of navigation: the difference between a mile on land and a nautical mile.

January 18, 2013

 

cilantro close up

Cilantro: Love It Or Hate It?

According to scientists working at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, the smell of cilantro usually produces a "love it" or "hate it" response.

January 21, 2013

 

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Molecules Get Down With Music

Here's a game you can play that will show you something about how matter changes state. You don't need any supplies except a lot of kids.

January 22, 2013

 

brain model

Do We Only Use 10% Of Our Brains?

This oft-quoted myth holds a certain appeal because if it were true, then we could become more intelligent just by firing up that sleepy majority of the brain!

January 23, 2013

 

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Is There Life On Other Planets?

Some simple sugars detected by astronomers, glycoaldehydes, are thought to be the basic building blocks of life.

January 24, 2013

 

meerkat looking at the camera

It Takes A Village To Raise A Meerkat!

Meerkats are extremely social and cooperative critters. When it comes to raising pups, they always work together.

January 25, 2013

 

two girls with facial masks on

The Science Of Acne

Most people endure acne at some point, and can't wait to be rid of the combination of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and pustules.

January 28, 2013

 

gold discs from a museum

What Makes White Gold White?

If most gold jewelry is an alloy, why is some white and some yellow?

January 29, 2013

 

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Is Therapy Over-The-Phone As Effective As In-Person Therapy?

Would you ever try talk therapy over the phone?

January 30, 2013

 

a man in a straw hat taking a siesta

The Science Of The Siesta

Ever feel sleepy after a big lunch? Find out the science behind taking a siesta!

January 31, 2013

 

naked mole rats

Naked Mole Rats May Hold Clues To Pain Relief

Unlike the mice and common rats used to test drugs and chemicals in labs, naked mole rats are hard to infect with disease.

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