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Archive for February 2014

February 3, 2014

 

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Saving the World from Asteroids

When it comes to saving the Earth from threatening astroids, Bruce Willis can only do so much.

February 4, 2014

 

Arieal photo of Arizona's Meteor Crater

Mapping (Potentially) Killer Asteroids

There are a million space rocks nearby. Astronomers have only mapped about 9,700 of them.

February 5, 2014

 

Painted depiction of St. Francis of Assisi with lifted hands

Animals Communicate Across Species

Scientists have recently added a species of lemur to the list of animals that are capable of interspecies communication.

February 6, 2014

 

A bowl of multi-colored vitamins against a black background

Iron Loading

Iron is necessary to maintaining a healthy body, but did you know too much can actually be dangerous?

February 7, 2014

 

Different colored laser beams intersect in the darkness

Real Lightsabers?

While science still has a long ways to go, new research gives us hope that we may be able to make a real lightsaber someday.

February 10, 2014

 

A furry white dog's pink nose

The Smell Of Anxiety

According to new research, stress can profoundly affect the way our brains interpret olfactory signals.

February 11, 2014

 

A plate of muffins with drizzled frosting and sprinkles

Rumbles From The Deep

Ever wonder why your stomach makes all that noise when you're hungry?

February 12, 2014

 

X-ray image of a human knee joint

What Is An ACL Anyway?

We've all heard about someone who's torn an ACL, but do we really know what that means?

February 13, 2014

 

A baboon sits in a tree

For Baboons, Second Best Isn’t Always So Bad

When losing is winning in the complicated social world of baboons.

February 14, 2014

 

A tabby cat walking through a yard

Humpty Dumpty Wasn’t A Cat

You may have seen a cat fall from a tree or high rooftop. Ever wonder how felines can survive such great falls?

February 17, 2014

 

Close-up of a crackled DVD that's been in the microwave

Are Microwave Ovens Dangerous?

A Moment Of Science takes a scientific look at an old myth.

February 18, 2014

 

Fingers appear to pinch the sun

Human Sleep Cycle Slightly Longer Than A Day

Starved of environmental cues telling us when it's time to go to sleep, our sleep cycles are actually a little longer than twenty-four hours.

February 19, 2014

 

An iguana sits on a branch

How Did Green Iguanas End Up On Anguilla?

How a group of iguanas travelled across the water to the island of Anguilla may surprise you.

February 20, 2014

 

A baseball cradled in a baseball glove

Do Smaller Testicles Really Result In Better Dads?

Though you may have heard otherwise, there isn't enough evidence to prove that this is the case.

February 21, 2014

 

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What Do Naked Mole Rats And Ants Have In Common?

You might be surprised by just how alike the world's homeliest rodent species is to many colony-building insect species.

February 24, 2014

 

Close-up of a brown grasshopper's face

Beetles, It’s What’s For Dinner!

While it's something of a taboo for folks in the U.S., eating insects instead of conventional meat might not be such a bad idea.

February 25, 2014

 

Confocal micrograph of a blind cavefish embryo

The World Of The Mexican Blind Cavefish

Suppose your ancestors had lived in darkness for almost a million years. This is the world of the Mexican blind cavefish.

February 26, 2014

 

A group of bighorn sheep stand in the snowy mountains

Banging Heads!

While we humans get concussions pretty easily, bighorn sheep slam their heads into each other all the time without ill affects. How is this possible?

February 27, 2014

 

A red chili pepper in the middle of a white plate

Another Good Reason To Go For Thai Food

One theories suggests there may be more to spicy foods than added flavor.

February 28, 2014

 

Close-up of a smoking gun barrel

Rifles And The Law

Don't worry, we're not actually talking about the Second Amendment. We're talking about the laws of physics!

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