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July 22, 2014

 

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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?

May 23, 2014

 

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Age, Taste And Smell

As we age, out food tends to taste less flavorful. What's up with this?

October 31, 2013

 

Dancing skeletons are used as decor for Day of the Dead celebrations.

Deadly Movements

Chemical reactions can cause decomposing bodies to twitch, move, and groan.

July 9, 2013

 

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What Makes Dogs Such Great Sniffers?

In one study, dogs were able to smell a particular test scent a thousand times better than humans!

November 15, 2012

 

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What Is Carbonation?

All those little bubbles are popping on my tongue, and it makes that fizzy tingling you feel.

July 31, 2012

 

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What Are Reflexes?

Most reflexes do not involve the brain; they are fast, involuntary responses that travel over what is known as a reflex arc.

April 23, 2012

 

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The Plan Behind Rabies

Learn about rabies on this Moment of Science.

February 28, 2012

 

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The Connection Between Bacteria And Multiple Sclerosis

Most people know illnesses like intestinal upsets can be caused by bacteria. They don't link bacteria with an illness like multiple sclerosis.

November 24, 2011

 

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Why Are Siamese Cats Cross-Eyed?

Have you ever noticed that Siamese cats are cross-eyed? In fact, that's the only way a Siamese cat can see straight.

August 17, 2011

 

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You’re Getting On My Nerves! What Is The Two-Point Threshold?

Try this interesting experiment! This psychological phenomenon is known as the two-point threshold, and it can be used to test for nerve damage.

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