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Archive for July 2014

July 1, 2014

 

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What’s Up With Pigs And Mud?

Have you ever wondered why pigs like to roll around in the mud? We'll solve the mystery for you on this A Moment Of Science.

July 2, 2014

 

A cluster of mailboxes

The Chain Letter’s Exponential Growth

If people actually followed the instructions on chain letters they received, it wouldn't be long before everyone in the world had a letter in their mailbox.

July 3, 2014

 

An ant on a purple flower

Ants And Antibiotics

Humans aren't the only creatures to exploit the anti-fungal properties of some bacteria.

July 4, 2014

 

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How Seatbelts Work

Everyone knows seatbelts save lives. But do you know how they work?

July 7, 2014

 

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Kidney Stones: A World Of Pain

On this episode, we'll journey into the kidneys to find out what makes kidney stones hurt so much.

July 8, 2014

 

The martian horizon as seen from orbit around the red planet

What We Can Learn From Martian Meteorites

Over the years, scientists have found many meteorites they believe came to Earth from Mars. These bits of debris have many interesting things to say.

July 9, 2014

 

A blue stethescope

Contaminated Stethoscopes

It's hard to believe such a common medical tool could be so dangerous, but it is.

July 10, 2014

 

A human arm rests in the grass

Think Buff?

While actually working out is the best way to get stronger, research suggests that even just thinking about lifting heavy objects can yield results.

July 11, 2014

 

A human ear

Those Who Don’t Like Music

As it turns out, not everyone loves music. How is this possible?

July 14, 2014

 

A Mechanical Leech?

There aren't too many of us who think leeches are cool--but they are still used in medicine, and now there is even a mechanical leech.

July 15, 2014

 

An abandoned oil refinery

Linking Chemicals To Brain Disorders

While clear causal links remain elusive, there is mounting evidence that some industrial chemicals may be hurting our brains.

July 16, 2014

 

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Drink Tea To Ward Off Cancer?

In this Moment of Science, we discuss the possible anticancer benefits of drinking green tea.

July 17, 2014

 

Helium balloons that have floated to the ceiling

Bang!

Bursting balloons make a lot of noise. How can something so simple be so loud?

July 18, 2014

 

A person in bed reaches for an alarm clock.

The Golden Snooze?

It is clear that sufficient sleep and health go hand-in-hand. But is it possible to get too much sleep?

July 21, 2014

 

Lightning lights up the night sky

Can Lightning Strike You In The Shower?

When it comes to thunderstorms, you may not be as safe as you think.

July 22, 2014

 

Two hands touching

Why Does a Warm Caress Feel Good?

For most of us, a gentle touch from another human being every now and then is a nice thing. Could this be due to a special sensory receptor in our skin?

July 23, 2014

 

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Super Smell

The human nose may be a lot more capable than we've been led to believe.

July 24, 2014

 

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Dog Mouth Vs. Human Mouth

Some people believe that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's. While this may be true, which mouth is more dangerous to people?

July 25, 2014

 

A close-up of an insects compound eyes.

Seeing With Insect Eyes

The eyes of insects are very different than those of mammals like humans. Nevertheless, they serve their owners well.

July 28, 2014

 

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The Health Benefits Of Chocolate

Recent studies have found that chocolate very well may have health benefits.

July 29, 2014

 

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Why Dark Chocolate Is Good For You

Seemingly decadent, eating dark chocolate is actually good for your heart. Scientists may have finally figured out why.

July 30, 2014

 

A pair of hands hold up puzzle pieces in silhouette of cloudy sky

Floating Clouds

Despite weighing tons, clouds seem to free-float in the air. How do the billowy marvels stay up in the sky?

July 31, 2014

 

Cave painting of a hunter spearing a wooly mammoth

Inbred Mammoths

Did climate change wipe out the wooly mammoth? The fossil record may tell a different story of the mammoth's demise.

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