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Archive for February 2018

February 1, 2018


a group of children in a government office

Spare The Rod And Improve Academic Performance

A recent study found all forms of physical punishment negatively impacted children.

February 2, 2018


a small scale aquaponics set up


Aquaponics is a type of farming that emphasizes the conservation of water.

February 5, 2018


scrub jay transporting a peanut in its beak

Suspicious Birds

Scrub jays regularly steal each others' food and treat each other with suspicion as a result.

February 6, 2018


a shrew

Incredible Shrinking Shrew Skulls

A recent study showed that shrews' heads could shrink up to 20 percent in the winter.

February 7, 2018


elephant family on the move

Older Means Wiser for Elephants

Elephant matriarchs pinpoint predators by ear.

February 8, 2018


A small fire on a meadow

Sound Can Put Out Fires

There are small hand-held units that can put out smaller fires by using sound rather than chemicals.

February 9, 2018


An image of DNA and RNA

DNA Photographed

In 1962, a biologist photographed DNA copying itself.

February 12, 2018


a pyramid tea bag in a cup of dark brown tea

Serve The Tea

It might sound counterintuitive, but a warm beverage on a hot day can help cool you off.

February 13, 2018



Even Jellyfish Sleep

Scientists are still trying to figure out why humans and other organisms need to sleep.

February 14, 2018


A lake with fall foliage. The autumn leaves are reflected in the lake.

The Biggest Event Of The Year For Lakes

During spring and fall turnovers, all the water in a freshwater lake is the same temperature.

February 15, 2018


three astronauts waiting to go into space

Zero Gravity, Does It Exist?

Is there such a thing as zero gravity?

February 16, 2018


A Coho Salmon (you might also have heard this kind called Silvers or a Silver Salmon)

Salmon That Move Mountains

Humans aren't the only animals that can alter landscapes.

February 19, 2018


a woman sleeping. The photo has been put through a sepia filter.

Sleep Deprivation

Getting six hour of sleep or less can have a significant impact on your health.

February 20, 2018


Double exposure image of a white man making different facial expressions

Seeing Yourself As Others See You

Today, we have an experiment that uses multiple mirrors, so you can see how you appear to other people.

February 21, 2018


A very old gravestone with a detail of a skull and crossbones. More gravestones behind it.

Sixteen Percent Of Global Deaths In 2015

What was the largest cause of premature death in people in 2015?

February 22, 2018


A baby clapping

What Came First, Language or Perception?

One theory scientists have is that the languages you speak affect how you perceive the world.

February 23, 2018


A gopher tortoise

Gopher Tortoises Save Lives

Your animal heroes of the day are gopher tortoises; they're known for saving their neighbors' lives during wildfires.

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