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Archive for January 2014

January 1, 2014

 

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Beyond The Scientific Method

Contrary to what you've learned in school, there's more to science than the "scientific method."

January 2, 2014

 

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Chocolate Brain

Could having a sweet tooth be good for an aging brain?

January 3, 2014

 

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Cruisin’ With Technology

While it may seem like magic, your car's cruise control is really just an amazing feat of engineering.

January 6, 2014

 

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Near Death Experiences: Merely Electrical?

Could the dying brains of rats shed light on human near death experiences?

January 7, 2014

 

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Superglass

While today's glass is definitely amazing stuff, it does have it's drawbacks. Will a new type of coating eliminate these problems in the future?

January 8, 2014

 

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Does An Onion A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

As it turns out, the same compounds that make you cry may also keep you healthy.

January 9, 2014

 

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Oy Veins!

Have you ever wondered how those pesky varicose veins form?

January 10, 2014

 

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The Downside Of Looking Sleepy

There are lots of good reasons why you should try to get more sleep.

January 13, 2014

 

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How Emotions Mature With Age

Lots of things change as we get older. Our emotions are no exception.

January 14, 2014

 

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The Cost Of Smoking

Measuring the aggregate economic impact of smoking is hard. However, it's easy to see the misery it causes in individual lives.

January 15, 2014

 

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A Dung Beetle Story

The bizarre story of how dung beetles bring the next generation into the world.

January 16, 2014

 

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Evolving Height

How tall you are seems to be as much about nurture as it is about nature.

January 17, 2014

 

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How Whales Dive Deep

How is it that whales are able to withstand the extreme pressures of the ocean's depths?

January 20, 2014

 

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The Moving Thumb

On this A Moment Of Science, we'll teach you a simple trick that reveals how much interpretation goes into perception.

January 21, 2014

 

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The Dangers Of Vitamin Supplements

Don't forget to take your vitamins. Just be careful how many you consume. Too many vitamins can be toxic to your health.

January 22, 2014

 

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Why Sore Throats Hurt

Ever wonder why sore throats hurt so badly? And why do they occur in the first place?

January 23, 2014

 

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Working Overtime

Are you a workaholic? Are you sacrificing your well-being?

January 24, 2014

 

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Why We Can’t Walk Through Walls

Shadowcat must use magic to walk through walls. She's definitely not using physics!

January 27, 2014

 

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Warm Spells And Snow

It may sound paradoxical, but warm spells and flurries often go hand in hand.

January 28, 2014

 

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Rice Husks: A Sustainable Fuel Source?

Today we throw them away, but tomorrow rice husks may be how we power our cars.

January 29, 2014

 

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Walking And Breathing

Lizards don't really breathe and walk at the same time. Does this mean that dinosaurs couldn't either?

January 30, 2014

 

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Why Airliners Don’t Provide Emergency Parachutes

There are emergency exits, emergency slides, emergency air masks and emergency flotation devices. Why not parachutes too?

January 31, 2014

 

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Deep Space Rodeo!

In order to reach Mars, our astronauts may have to stop by a lassoed astroid first.

January 6, 2014

 

Artist's rendition of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft nearing the red planet

Life Might Have Liked Parts Of Ancient Mars

While there's still no evidence that life evolved on Mars, we now know that it at least could have.

January 20, 2014

 

Gloved hands are seen assembling a photovoltaic array

Unlikely Source For Renewable Battery Breakthrough

A recent discovery could allow us to affordably store energy from renewable sources such as the sun in batteries powered by rhubarb.

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