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April 3, 2017

 

An abstract image. There are lines of many different colors (light purple, light orange, light blue, light red) flowing in many different directions. Close up the colors are more noticeable. From a distance, the image can look light brown.

Wind Do-Si-Do

Before 2015, the quasi-biennial oscillation happened approximately every twenty-eight months.

April 4, 2017

 

A close-up shot of ants eating mango pulp. Some of the ants are black and distinct. Others are blurry.

Ants Addicted To Morphine

Ants are, so far, the only non-mammal species that demonstrate drug-seeking behavior.

April 5, 2017

 

Brain MRI

Bigger Brains, Bigger Thoughts

Our brains aren't just three times bigger than our ancestor's brains.

April 6, 2017

 

A photograph taken of Siberia from an airplane window. The ground appears to be mostly white ice and brown dirt. There is a large swirl in the center that the photographer identifies as an unknown river.

Parrots of The Tundra

Evidence of ancient parrots was recently found in Siberia.

April 7, 2017

 

An image of an edicaran fossil. The fossil is illuminated in a single beam of light (weirdly reminiscent of a Caravagggio painting). The background is black. The fossil is in the near left of the image and is light brown.

Ecosystem Engineering And Extinction

The first mass extinction happened approximately 540 million years ago.

April 10, 2017

 

sliced onion

Onions Are Toxic to Your Pets   

Raw onions contain sulfur compounds that are toxic to pets.

April 11, 2017

 

Old Faithful erupting

Old Faithful

Geysers spout up where a column of underground water is heated to boiling by "magma," or molten rock, pushing the water upward.

April 12, 2017

 

A mostly black image. In the center of the image is a hole that is illuminated by royal blue light.

Loneliness

Experiencing loneliness can have a profound impact on your health.

April 13, 2017

 

A  length-wise shot of a sand goby that is tan in color. Its mouth is wide open. The background is all black.

Single Fish Female Seeks Good Father

A male sand goby is less likely to eat the eggs containing his future offspring if a female goby is around.

April 14, 2017

 

A green computer-generated Iguanadon walking around in some water.

First Dinosaur Brain Fossil Discovered

In 2004, a fossil hunter found what looked like a brown pebble. Years later, scientists proved it was part of a fossilized dinosaur brain.

April 17, 2017

 

Natural artificial yellow flower

Natural Artificial Flowers

Can there be such a thing as natural, fake flowers?

April 18, 2017

 

A PC computer (monitor, mouse, and keyboard all black). The screen is covered by a white sheet of paper with one word on it: Broken. All of this is on a white table. Next to it is an open can of what appears to be Red Bull.

Computer Crash

What is actually happening when your computer freezes?

April 19, 2017

 

Europe at night

When Continents Collide: The History Of Our Planet

It was one of the Earth's momentous times. Continents collided. Volcanoes erupted. Ocean currents shifted. Species ran amok.

April 20, 2017

 

A close up shot. In the middle of the image is a single tree branch with deep pink buds. In the background, slightly out of focus are light pink flowers and a blue sky.

Behind The Blossoms

What happens behind the scenes to make those first buds of spring appear?

April 21, 2017

 

An overhead shot of two white coffee cups. The coffee cup on the left has white foam art in the shape of a skull. The skull's eyes are hearts. It's in the center of the cup with a light brown coffee background. The cup on the right also has  white skull as foam art. But its eyes are flat brown circles. The background is a darker brown.

Your Body, Your Coffee

You might fall under three different categories of caffeine sensitivity.

April 24, 2017

 

popcorn close up

Popcorn Makes A Perfect, Healthy Snack

No salt, no butter, air popped popcorn is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat.

April 25, 2017

 

A picture of a bonobo looking into the distance. He seems to be deep in thought.

Bonobo Bifocals

Humans aren't the only animals who become farsighted as they age.

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