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October 11, 2011

 

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The Psychology Of Christmas Lights

What kind of information does the brain need--and what processes does it go through--to convert a view of something into knowledge about that thing?

July 8, 2011

 

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Fun With Physics: Centrifugal Force And Inertia

Learn about what physicists call a "fictitious force", on this Moment of Science.

July 22, 2010

 

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Driving Under Pressure: What Happens When You Stop Suddenly

What happens to helium balloons in a car when the car stops suddenly?

July 8, 2009

 

Treadmill Sensation

A Treadmill For The Mind

You've been on a treadmill for a while and then suddenly step off. Why do you feel like you're moving much faster than you think you should be?

January 20, 2009

 

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You Can’t Eat What You Can’t See

One of the most impressive feats of muscular coordination in nature is the very common instance of a frog darting out its tongue in order to catch a fly.

July 30, 2006

 

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Octopus Biceps Curls

The octopus tentacle surprisingly acts in much the same way as the human arm when transferring tasty morsels from sucker to mouth.

March 8, 2006

 

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Beyond That Planet

Nowadays everybody knows there are nine planets in our solar system, but that information was hard won.

December 6, 2005

 

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The Little Ball That Couldn’t

There are some balls that are specifically designed not to bounce. The question is, how do these so-called 'dead balls' not bounce?

August 25, 2005

 

Up, Up and Away

In our high-tech, wireless world, space flight is no longer as big a deal as it once was. Still, a rocket launch is a big deal. Even small-scale rockets are relatively large, complex machines requiring a huge amount of force to propel them beyond the earth’s atmosphere and into space. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

May 20, 2005

 

Think Pink

Could you escape a falling elevator by simply stepping out? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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