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July 20, 2016

 

Woman rubbing her eyes

The Amazing Flash Illusion

If you've ever rubbed your eyes and seen faint sparkles of light, you have demonstrated a surprising fact of sensory physiology.

July 19, 2016

 

Inside an atom

Meet the New Elements

Do you remember seeing some blank squares at the end of the periodic table of elements? Those blanks were for elements we knew existed, but hadn't yet observed.

July 15, 2016

 

toadfish in water

Fish Brains Have an Alerting System

DId you know your brain has an 'alerting system'? When it detects a change, it can trigger eye and head movements to gather more information.

July 14, 2016

 

lichen on tree branch

Dad Called Dibs: First Pick for Feasting

An organism's niche is what it needs to grow and survive. One way to coexist is to use different resources, also known as niche partitioning.

July 13, 2016

 

drawing of a brain - sketched

For My Next Trick…

The same human capacity for making sense out of the jumbled data of experience also makes us easily fooled.

July 12, 2016

 

Snake slithering across a road

Why Are There So Many Dead Snakes in the Road?

Ever wonder why there are so many dead snakes in the road? Find out on this Moment of Science.

July 11, 2016

 

Electron microscope image of the bacteria (bordetella pertussis) responsible for pertussis (whooping cough).

Recounting Our Bacteria: Fewer than We Thought

Some sources have claimed that 90% of our cells are non‑human. But is that truly accurate? Cal Tech believes that estimate might be way off.

July 8, 2016

 

oven thermometer

Charming Fahrenheit

Fahreinheit is based on Earth's range of temperatures where the median falls at zero degrees.

July 7, 2016

 

smokestack

Ocean Storage of CO2 Increasing

The ocean is increasingly absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere, raising the water's acidity and endangering sea life.

July 6, 2016

 

kittens nursing

Cats Who Flex

Cats learned the pawing motion sometimes called "making biscuits" as kittens trying to nurse.

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