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February 28, 2017

 

a close-up image of the design on a roll of paper towel. Circles made of smaller circles made of dots. The paper towel is white.

How Do Paper Towels Absorb Water?

You've seen TV ads lauding the slurping powers of paper towels; while we won't make any exorbitant claims about them, we're going to discuss how they work.

February 27, 2017

 

A close-up image of a rat with black and white markings drinking water out of a small bowl. The rat's pink tongue is out.

Studying Alcoholism in Rats

One research study showed that deactivating amygdala cells in rats addicted to alcohol removed their urge to drink.

February 24, 2017

 

Four skydivers getting into formation over the Dubai Desert

Physics of the Fall

How are skydiving teams able to make formations in mid-air?

February 23, 2017

 

Ghostly fogbow over ocean

A Rainbow’s Ghostly Cousin

Fogbows are created in much the same way as normal rainbows are. The main difference is the size of the water droplets which affect the light's refraction.

February 22, 2017

 

a close-up image of a gardener's glove. In the center of it is an earthworm.

Jumping Worms

Amynthas, an invasive species in the Midwestern United States, removes leaf litter from forest floors at roughly double the rate of earthworms.

February 21, 2017

 

A female Rufous Hummingbird with its beak inside a bright pink flower. The photo has captured a moment where the bird looks completely still, except for its blurred wings.

Coextinction

Coextinction is an important consideration in conservation efforts.

February 20, 2017

 

From Left to right: left image is UGC 1382 from one telescope image it appears as a small white football shaped burst of light, another image of UGC 1382 larger, still white and football shaped in the center with blue appearing spirals, and all the way to the right: UGC 1382 with a white football shape in the center, but with bright green spirals around it

A “Frankenstein” Galaxy

UGC 1382 used to be considered a pretty boring galaxy.

February 17, 2017

 

Magnetic core computer storage that has been framed and set up in an art gallery wall style.

DNA Storage Solution

As more and more data is generated, researchers are trying to find new storage methods.

February 16, 2017

 

A photograph of what appears to be a pond. Green-brown algae is on the edges. In the middle of the photograph and the pond, you can see below the water's surface. What you can see is seaweed. A few dark blue spaces.

A Fishy Gaze

Green sunfish can see quite well in water that is thick and murky. How?

February 15, 2017

 

Wind blowing snow and weeds in a field.

How Cold Does It Feel?

How does the National Weather Service calculate the windchill?

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