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Archive for April 2019

April 1, 2019

 

Mpingo, The Music Tree

For the last hundred years or so mpingo wood has been the primary material used to make clarinets and other small woodwind instruments.

April 2, 2019

 

Inventing A New Kilogram

The kilogram was officially defined as the mass of a particular cylinder of platinum alloy cast in 1889 and stored in a special vault in France.

April 3, 2019

 

How Attitudes Can Change Performance

Sometimes attitudes about genes can affect human behavior more than the genes actually do.

April 4, 2019

 

A Whale Baby’s Legacy

The noises that baleen whales use to communicate are being drowned out by the engines of ships at sea.

April 5, 2019

 

Decanting Wine Changes Its Chemistry

A decanter is a rather mysterious object that inspires questions about how to use it, and what function decanting actually serves.

April 8, 2019

 

Gambling Monkeys

A recent study shows that monkeys place a high value on satisfying their curiosity.

April 9, 2019

 

Vikings Made Cats Bigger

A recent study from the University of Copenhagen decided to examine the many cat skeletons at the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen.

April 10, 2019

 

The Psychology Of Stressful Performance

Research shows that when activities require thinking, we’re more prone to choke.

April 11, 2019

 

New Solutions For International Wildlife Trafficking

Every year, millions of birds are taken from places like Brazil to sell around the world, and it is devastating tropical bird populations.

April 12, 2019

 

The Genetics Behind Dog Breeds

In a preliminary report, researchers found that the personality traits we ascribe to different dog breeds have a basis in the dogs’ DNA.

April 15, 2019

 

How Moths Hide From Bats

In the same way that visual camouflage makes things hard to see, acoustic camouflage makes it hard for bats to see moths.

April 16, 2019

 

Ancient Termite Mounds

Recently, an international team of entomologists made a discovery highlighting the architectural abilities of termites.

April 17, 2019

 

Cranes Speak With Their Bodies

Although it can’t talk, the five-foot tall Whooping Crane can communicate in a variety of other ways.

April 18, 2019

 

Clever Crows Can Sense Weight

In a recent experiment, crows were able to judge the weights of objects simply by watching how they behaved in a breeze.

April 6, 2019

 

Was There An Opium Trade In The Bronze Age?

A chemical analysis of a Bronze Age jug found in Egypt might finally vindicate an old theory that jugs like it contained opium.

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