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June 6, 2011

 

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The René Descartes Experiment

Most folks know René Descartes as a philosopher, but he was also one of the best scientists of his day.

May 28, 2009

 

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Follow that Gaze

Ever wonder why you follow someone's gaze whey they're looking into the sky? Find out on today's Moment of Science.

February 20, 2009

 

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Got Milk? Thank the Anatolians from 7000 BC

Scientists developed a technique to identify the residue of fats from cows' milk on ancient pieces of pottery.

March 18, 2004

 

How Full Is That Glass?

How does the shape of a glass affect how much you drink? A scientist set out to examine just this, and the results are rather astounding.

September 27, 2003

 

The Force of an Alligator’s Bite

One of the difficulties in this research was getting the creatures to bite like they really meant it, despite the fact that the pole was clearly not edible.

September 27, 2003

 

Buckminster Fuller and His Geodesic Dome

R. Buckminster Fuller was a twentieth century scientist, philosopher, inventor, and was also named a great architect.

September 27, 2003

 

What’s That in the Sky?

In his book Cosmos, the late scientist Carl Sagan talks about the way in which the earth is regularly struck by material from outer space. These collisions with space debris can be minor–as in a shooting star on a summer night–or amazingly destructive, as in the collision that probably killed off the dinosaurs. Thankfully, the […]

September 27, 2003

 

Bacteria that Fight Tooth Decay

Most tooth decay is caused by a strain of bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. It consumes sugar on the surface of the teeth and converts it into lactic acid, which is what eats away tooth enamel, causing decay.

September 27, 2003

 

The Math of Predator and Prey

For decades, mathematical ecologists struggling to formulate equations that accurately describe the relationship between predator and prey have come up against the following paradox: if the predators are too successful, the prey population dies out, and then the predators end up starving.

September 27, 2003

 

Baseball, Tar, and the Scientific Method

Let’s look at an example. Suppose you notice that sometimes the tar in the pavement outside your house is soft and pliable, while other times it’s hard and brittle.

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