A Moment of Science

 portrait

Ben Alford

Ben Alford works in Indiana Public Media's online dimension and holds an M.A. from Indiana University Bloomington's History and Philosophy of Science department. When not vegetating in front of a computer screen or geeking out over a good book, he can be found outside exploring.

Recent posts by Ben

July 23, 2014

 

Man with red clown nose making a funny face

Super Smell

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

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 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.

June 13, 2014

 

A microscopic worm sits next to a microscopic egg.

Run For Your Lives, Roundworms!

Roundworms don't actually need to mate to reproduce. When they do mate, though, the consequences can be deadly.

June 12, 2014

 

Chest X-ray

Detecting Odors Is Not Just for Your Nose

While we tend to associate olfaction with our noses and brains, other parts of our body also have a "sense of smell."

June 11, 2014

 

Satellite image of the North Pole

Santa’s Revenge

Was the continental United State's chilly winter the result of global warming? If so, how could this be?

June 6, 2014

 

Two colorful gobies side-by-side

Fish Out Of Water

The story of evolution is replete with twists and turns. The land-bound blenny fish is a prime example.

May 15, 2014

 

A brown frog against a white background.

Antibiotic Frogs 

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

March 3, 2014

 

A sleeping kitten

Why Do We Sleep?

We do it every night, but science still isn't sure exactly why we sleep.

October 4, 2012

 

human kid cub child with eyes

Children’s Programming Replete With Bullying

According to a new content analysis of popular kids shows, youngsters in the US are constantly exposed to cruel scenarios played out on parents' TV screens.

Next Page »

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from A Moment of Science:

Support for Indiana Public Media Comes From

About A Moment of Science

Search A Moment of Science