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Archive for January 2017

January 2, 2017

 

A close-up of a pink and tan and white zircon crystal. The background is completely black.

Four Billion Year Old Crystals

Zircon may be able to tell us more about the Earth's past.

January 3, 2017

 

a red onion cut in half

Does An Onion A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

The same compounds that make people cry when slicing into an onion may also make them a healthy choice.

January 4, 2017

 

Twelve donuts of varying flavors (chocolate, pink frosting, non-frosted with jam, white frosting, maple/light-brown) in a white box.

Why Do We Love Junk Food?

People know intellectually that fast food is bad for them, so why do they still crave it?

January 5, 2017

 

bright orange lichen growing on a drab brown rock

Understanding Lichen

Recently the way people understand and define lichen has changed.

January 6, 2017

 

Alligator nest

Rejuvenating Your Skin

Daily moisturizers promising to rejuvenate dead and dull skin cells are overselling themselves.

January 9, 2017

 

Pen and ink drawings of many different people making different faces.

It’s Not Bad Manners, It’s Low Oxytocin

Oxytocin is released into the blood to help regulate several biological functions. It may also be connected to social abilities.

January 10, 2017

 

A photo of five capsules filled with blood on a white background.

Routine Blood Tests May Help Doctors Diagnose Cancer Faster

Researchers hope that by 2021, liquid biopsies will be a part of an annual physical exam.

January 11, 2017

 

A stone etching of Nefertiti holding a jug with other hieroglyphics surrounding her.

Hidden Rooms In King Tut’s Tomb Found And Disputed

Egyptologists and Radar Specialists found two new rooms in King Tut's tomb. Or did they?

January 12, 2017

 

A Chryxus Arctic butterfly perched upon some leaves in the foreground. The background is green and out of focus.

Tanana Arctic: Brand-New And Very Old

For years, a new species of butterfly was hiding in plain sight.

January 13, 2017

 

Inflatable Clown Bouncing Back Up After Being Hit

Why You Can’t Knock Down a Clown

Remember those inflatable clowns that stood about three feet high and had big red noses, meant for punching? Hit the clown as hard as you could, right back up.

January 16, 2017

 

A color image of the Crab Nebula. This nebula is home to the star that scientists monitored to discover pulsars.

Pulsars Not Aliens

Mysterious radio signals were found in space. Was it aliens? Or something else?

January 17, 2017

 

An embroidered representation of the average person's digestive system. Black thread on a mint and white polka dot background.

Obesity And A Lack Of Fatty Tissue

People with lipodystrophy can have Type 2 diabetes while still remaining very thin.

January 18, 2017

 

An artist's representation of what Earth looked like billions of years ago. The sky is grey with three asteroids streaking across it. The ground is mostly brown and gray stone with a bright red lava lake at the center.

Early Impact Proved With Spherules

While the most famous asteroid to hit the Earth was 65 million years ago, scientists have found proof of an even earlier impact.

January 19, 2017

 

On the left side of the screen, two women are in focus watching a movie. The woman closest to the camera has her hand in a yellow popcorn tub.

The Smell of Suspense

When a person is watching a movie, their brains and bodies are reacting.

January 20, 2017

 

Nihon-Ama-Gaeru Japanese Tree Frog

How to Heave Your Guts

You've heard the expression "to heave your guts" used to refer to vomiting. In the case of frogs and toads, "heaving your guts" can have a literal connotation.

January 23, 2017

 

Swans floating on the water form share a heart-shaped embrace.

Animal Scandals

Swans, often used as symbol of love and fidelity, aren't as monogamous as people think.

January 24, 2017

 

A picture of dark gray bones on a light gray surface.

By Land and By Sea

Researchers at Nagoya University have developed an index to predict whether animals lived on the land, in the sea, or in both habitats.

January 25, 2017

 

A sun set over the Pacific Ocean in California.

The Sun Just Blew Up!

How do you know the sun didn't just explode? We aren't talking about the everyday, run-of-the-mill controlled explosion the sun is always doing, but a big boom.

January 26, 2017

 

leafcutter ant crawling next to a leaf

How Leaf Cutter Ants Farm

Leaf cutter ants have been fungus farming for millions of years.

January 27, 2017

 

A young woman sits on the couch with her legs in the air, next to a young woman who looks identical to her on a computer, and a brown and white dog sits next to that young woman. Behind the couch, another young woman, identical to the other two young women looks at the dog.

Wrong Name

Have your parents ever called you the wrong name?

January 30, 2017

 

microwave light pours out in mesh pattern

Is Microwaving Safe for Food?

It's time to zap the myth that microwaving food somehow damages or irradiates it.

January 31, 2017

 

In the top right, a gray cloud, the middle layer, snow, gray sky, and dark green trees, and the bottom, in focus layer: grass

For Many, Snow Is Necessary

The National Science Foundation is studying snowfall.

January 25, 2017

 

Close-up shot of an orangutan

Wild Science: Orangutans

Wild Science visits the Indianapolis Zoo, where staff explain the intelligence and behavior of orangutans, and how their species is being threatened by humans.

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