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Archive for June 2019

June 3, 2019

 

The Apple in the Mind’s Eye

Scientists hypothesize that people rely on some general mental scheme of what apples look like to remember the Apple logo.

June 4, 2019

 

Cockroaches Have Personalities And Make Choices

By studying cockroaches, scientists can learn a lot about the relationship between individuals and groups, and what they learn might be applicable to people, too.

June 5, 2019

 

Farout: The Solar System’s Most Distant Known Member

In 2018 a team of American astronomers announced the discovery of the most distant solar system body yet discovered.

June 6, 2019

 

The Curve Of A Meandering River

One of nature’s most basic and subtle shapes is the winding, back and forth S-curve of a meandering river.

June 7, 2019

 

The Thermodynamics Of Pizza Ovens

According to a recent study conducted by two pizza-eating physicists in Rome, wood-fired brick ovens are the cause of an Italian pizza’s perfection.

June 10, 2019

 

The Limitations of Weather Forecasts

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University did a collaborative study in which they tried to find the ultimate limit of how far out we could predict the weather.

June 11, 2019

 

Global Warming Helps Leafhoppers Proliferate

Entomologists found that potato leafhoppers, which are migratory pests, arrived in the fields an average of 10 days earlier in 2012 than they did in the early 1950s.

June 12, 2019

 

Flowers Are Able To Choose Who Pollinates Them

While studying Heliconia flowers in Costa Rica, biologists noticed that they were clearly choosing their pollinators, but they still didn’t know how the flowers could tell one hummingbird from another.

June 13, 2019

 

What Exactly Do Genes Do?

In the 1940s biologists George Beadle and Edward Tatum wanted to “find out what genes do by making them defective.”

June 14, 2019

 

Laughing Through Brain Surgery

Electrically stimulating a part of the brain of patients undergoing surgery induces laughter followed by an immediate feeling of relaxation and happiness.

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