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June 7, 2013

 

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Do Cats Sweat Or Pant When They Overheat?

When sweat evaporates, it cools the skin, and panting releases heat through the mouth. So how do cats keep from overheating if they don't seem to sweat or pant?

January 23, 2006

 

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Dancing in Air

A skydiver's body is in a delicate balance. Gravity tugs her downward with a constant, relentless force, while air resistance pushes her upward.

January 12, 2004

 

Beyond the Stinger

Learn about the fascinating lives of bees on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

Surface Crackle

Ever wondered why it's necessary to gather kindling when starting a campfire? Find out on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

Why Icicles Are Wavy

Ever wonder why icicles are wavy? Find out on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

AMOS Smackdown

According to Newton’s third law of motion, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So when a wrestler hits the table, it exerts as much force on him as he did on the table.

September 27, 2003

 

Bombproof Luggage Container

To be able to withstand a bomb blast, a luggage container must be made of pretty strong stuff. The magic ingredient in the best-known bombproof container is called Glare, which is short for “reinforced glass.”

September 27, 2003

 

Vertical Chips

You may not realize it now, but current computers are going to be obsolete in a few years. Find out how on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

Driving Around with Dogs

Compared to the measly five million aroma receptors embedded in human nasal tissue, which is about the size of postage stamp, some dogs have over 200 million receptors that are embedded in a sheet of tissue that, unfolded, would be big enough to cover one-third of the dog’s surface area.

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