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Archive for January 2016

January 1, 2016

 

bee pollinating flower

Royal Jelly

Fit For A Queen According to legend, King Arthur gained the crown by pulling a sword from a rock. Queen honeybees have an equally enchanting way of ascending to the throne: royal jelly! This special jelly is made of water, proteins, fatty acids, organic acids, vitamins and minerals. These substances are mixed with bee milk, a […]

January 4, 2016

 

Pluto

The Heart of Pluto

After a nine-year expedition, the New Horizon spacecraft finally reached Pluto to see what's at the heart of the exoplanet.

January 5, 2016

 

lab rat

Pessimistic Rats

An unstable environment shapes a rat's outlook and makes them anticipate bad outcomes.

January 6, 2016

 

eye

The Cyclopean Eye

V2, a special region in the visual cortex, stitches together the visual data from each eye to produce one seamless 3-D image.

January 7, 2016

 

teary eyes

Cry Me a River (Why Your Eyes Get Puffy When You Cry

Emotional tears are produced by different tear ducts than regular moisturizing tears.

January 8, 2016

 

airplane wing

Popping Ears

Ears pop during flight because of changes in air pressure as the plane ascends and descends.

January 11, 2016

 

ice sheet

Was Earth Ever a Snowball?

Geologists posit that Earth was once entirely covered by ice.

January 13, 2016

 

cave dwelling in Mammoth Lakes, CA

Sometime Cavemen

Human ancestors are mischaracterized as cavemen. While they did take shelter in caves, they were nomads.

January 14, 2016

 

rats huddling

Huddling Rats

Rats huddle together to stay warm and coordinate group movements to achieve an ideal temperature.

January 15, 2016

 

newborn after delivery

Babies and Bacteria

Babies delivered by C-section are not exposed to as much bacteria as those delivered vaginally, and therefore have a weaker microbiome.

January 18, 2016

 

stars taken by Hubble Space telescope

The Fermi Paradox

Evidence indicates that there should be millions of extraterrestrial civilizations, so where is everybody?

January 19, 2016

 

illustration of planet

More on the Fermi Paradox

Earth is not the center of the universe, and yet the search for extraterrestrial life may be a misguided attempt to find more like us.

January 20, 2016

 

solar panels

Getting the Carbon Out

Scientists have a developed a solar-energy-based technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But is it a feasible solution to global warming?

January 21, 2016

 

partial shot of head floating in water

Why Do Corpses Float?

Bacteria release gasses that build up inside the body, causing it to float.

January 22, 2016

 

lord and lady lion

More Prey, Fewer Predators

Scientists puzzle over why some areas highly concentrated with prey draw fewer predators?

January 25, 2016

 

trilobyte fossil

Great Big Disaster

Trilobites and 95 percent of marine creatures went the "way of the dinosaurs" during the Permian extinction, millions of years before dinosaurs existed.

January 26, 2016

 

rattlesnake

Heat Sensing Pits

Rattlers have special heat-sensing organs that help them spot a hot meal.

January 27, 2016

 

Fish net

Human Beings: Superpredators?

Technology enables humans to kill prey faster than they can replenish their population, putting many species at risk of extinction.

January 28, 2016

 

feeding baby baby food

Baby Taste Preference

Mothers introduce their babies to a variety of flavors through breastmilk, and thereby influence their taste for certain foods.

January 29, 2016

 

girl smelling a rose

No Rose By Your Nose

Sniffing helps you imagine the smell of absent objects.

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