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March 10, 2017

 

a Philodendron plant in a yellow pot on a white table. Behind it is a bowl of fruit, a canister, and what appears to be a box of chocolate.

Growing Plants Indoors

An easy way to have a green thumb is by finding a plant that will thrive in your home or office.

March 9, 2017

 

A glass of milk on a very green lawn. Milk is being poured into the glass, but the source of that milk is not the image.

Future Milk

Which species provides milk that is extremely protein rich and has three-times the caloric value of buffalo milk?

March 8, 2017

 

A cheetah family of five lounges in the sun at the Smithsonian National Zoo

Cheetahs Cut from the Same Cloth

Cheetahs have survived devastating climate change and a resulting genetic bottleneck.

March 7, 2017

 

Assortment of contrails

Airplane Contrails

Why do airplanes sometimes leave long white contrails behind?

March 6, 2017

 

A composite image of Europa. Europa is in grey-scale with lines running across it. The background is a dark pixelated blue.

The Search For Microbial Life On Europa

Water jets may aid our search for life on Europa.

March 3, 2017

 

Inside train tunnel

Popping Ears on a Train

Why do people's ears pop when they're riding on trains?

March 2, 2017

 

solar system model

A Really Big Lump: How Gravity Created The Solar System

Learn about gravity, stars, and really big lumps.

March 1, 2017

 

Four statues of mastodons, pygmy mammoths, and modern elephants lined up to show size differences.

Death By Thirst: Last Of The Woolly Mammoths

The Wooly mammoth population on St. Paul Island became extinct approximately 5,000 years later than the Wooly mammoths of mainland Alaska.

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.

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