A Moment of Science

Archive for May 2014

May 1, 2014

 

A side view of a silver and black archer fish

The Archerfish: Nature’s Squirt Gun

Your old Super Soaker was pretty cool, but it didn't have precision like this.

May 2, 2014

 

Black and white photograph of a long jumper in mid-flight.

The Physics Of The Hitch Kick

Ever wondered why long jumpers move the way they do? Science has the answer!

May 5, 2014

 

An alligator lays in flowers and grass with mouth open wide.

Alligator And Crocodile Tools

Reptiles often get a bad rap for their supposed dim wits. As it turns out, though, they're actually pretty darn clever.

May 6, 2014

 

Microscope slide showing cancerous cells from the cervix.

The Importance Of Pap Smears

In case you didn't know already, there are good reasons for why doctors perform Pap smears.

May 7, 2014

 

Time-lapse image showing a stationary North Star

What Makes The North Star So Special?

On a dark night, you can see thousands of stars with the naked eye. What makes the North Star stand out above the rest?

May 8, 2014

 

Close up of an albino snake

Snakes And Spiders

Learn about phobias to snakes and spiders on this edition of A Moment of Science.

May 9, 2014

 

Close-up of a human ear

Obesity Linked To Hearing Loss

According to new research, even your sense of hearing may be threatened by being overweight.

May 12, 2014

 

A fruit fly with bright red eyes sits on a red wall.

Fruit Fly Slumber

Ever wonder if fruit flies sleep? Find out on today's A Moment of Science.

May 13, 2014

 

A vintage computer console as seen through a fisheye lens

QWERTYUIOP?

What did the inventor of email write in the first ever email message? (Hint: it's nothing terribly profound.)

May 14, 2014

 

A pink flower stands out against an out-of-focus background.

Research Finds Much Variation In How We Perceive Smells

When it comes to our sense of smell, genetics seems to matter an awful lot.

May 15, 2014

 

A brown frog against a white background.

Antibiotic Frogs 

Could amphibians help us defeat superbugs someday? Some researchers think so.

May 16, 2014

 

Close-up of two zipper pulls

Ode To The Zipper

The zipper is an amazing bit of technology that works so well we barely even think about it.

May 19, 2014

 

A crow, with its head cocked to one side, stands against a greenish background.

Research Shows Bird Brains Aren’t So Bad

Not exactly sure what difference between the cerebral cortex and the basal ganglia is? That's okay. Experts get confused too, as with the case of bird brains.

May 20, 2014

 

Image of zodiacal light in the night sky

Ashes To Ashes, Stardust To Stardust

The secret to the origins of life on Earth could be in the dust that's leftover after solar systems form.

May 21, 2014

 

Hale-Bopp comet with two tails

Tales About Tails

Have you ever wondered why comets look the way they do when they get close to the sun?

May 22, 2014

 

The lights of Manhattan at night

Urban Weather Systems

Some cities are big enough to noticeably impact local weather patterns.

May 23, 2014

 

Extreme close-up of taste buds on someone's tongue

Age, Taste And Smell

As we age, out food tends to taste less flavorful. What's up with this?

May 26, 2014

 

Confocal micrograph of a blind cavefish embryo

The Electric Sense

Some aquatic animals have a sixth sense that allows them to detect electrical fields in water.

May 27, 2014

 

Macro image of a moth facing the camera

Why Moths Fly Toward Lights

Summer is nearly here. Ever wonder why moths fly toward bright lights? Find out on today's Moment of Science.

May 28, 2014

 

Macro image of bubbles in wine

Is Getting ‘Blind Drunk’ A Real Thing?

Is drinking yourself 'blind' just an exaggeration, like 'eating till you burst'? Or can alcohol really turn out the lights?

May 29, 2014

 

A baby being held by parents

The Science Of Baby Babble

Sounds like 'baba' and 'dada' are common to hear from a six-month old. This is the genesis of sophisticated human speech.

May 30, 2014

 

Grass with seed in golden light

How Does Trampling Harm Grass?

Trampling obviously harms grass, but do you know exactly how it does?

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