Give Now

A Moment of Science

Archive for July 2014

July 1, 2014

 

Pigs, it turns out, wallow in the mud for a good reason.

What’s Up With Pigs And Mud?

Have you ever wondered why pigs like to roll around in the mud? We'll solve the mystery for you on this A Moment Of Science.

July 2, 2014

 

The internet has helped chain letters proliferate more than ever.

The Chain Letter’s Exponential Growth

If people actually followed the instructions on chain letters they received, it wouldn't be long before everyone in the world had a letter in their mailbox.

July 3, 2014

 

Ants are really very sophisticated considering out small they are.

Ants And Antibiotics

Humans aren't the only creatures to exploit the anti-fungal properties of some bacteria.

July 4, 2014

 

Buckling that seatbelt is easy. Do it!

How Seatbelts Work

Everyone knows seatbelts save lives. But do you know how they work?

July 7, 2014

 

The average person is usually able to pass a kidney stone up to 5 millimeters in size.

Kidney Stones: A World Of Pain

On this episode, we'll journey into the kidneys to find out what makes kidney stones hurt so much.

July 8, 2014

 

Could Mars have harbored life a long, long time ago?

What We Can Learn From Martian Meteorites

Over the years, scientists have found many meteorites they believe came to Earth from Mars. These bits of debris have many interesting things to say.

July 9, 2014

 

It's not necessarily a bad idea to ask your doctor to clean off their stethoscope before examining you.

Contaminated Stethoscopes

It's hard to believe such a common medical tool could be so dangerous, but it is.

July 10, 2014

 

If you really can't get to the gym, it's at least worth trying the imagination method.

Think Buff?

While actually working out is the best way to get stronger, research suggests that even just thinking about lifting heavy objects can yield results.

July 11, 2014

 

For folks who are indifferent to music, it's not the ears that are to blame. It's the mind.

Those Who Don’t Like Music

As it turns out, not everyone loves music. How is this possible?

July 14, 2014

 

Like earthworms, leeches are segmented worms.

A Mechanical Leech?

There aren't too many of us who think leeches are cool--but they are still used in medicine, and now there is even a mechanical leech.

July 15, 2014

 

Could common household solvents -- along with other common chemicals -- be causing us serious harm?

Linking Chemicals To Brain Disorders

While clear causal links remain elusive, there is mounting evidence that some industrial chemicals may be hurting our brains.

July 16, 2014

 

As with all other health claims, it's always good to be suspicious of supposed cure-alls.

Drink Tea To Ward Off Cancer?

In this Moment of Science, we discuss the possible anticancer benefits of drinking green tea.

July 17, 2014

 

There's a surprising amount of potential energy stored up in a balloon.

Bang!

Bursting balloons make a lot of noise. How can something so simple be so loud?

July 18, 2014

 

Everyone is unique in terms of exactly how much sleep they need each night.

The Golden Snooze?

It is clear that sufficient sleep and health go hand-in-hand. But is it possible to get too much sleep?

July 22, 2014

 

Is the answer really as simple as identifying a touch-loving receptor?

Why Does a Warm Caress Feel Good?

For most of us, a gentle touch from another human being every now and then is a nice thing. Could this be due to a special sensory receptor in our skin?

July 23, 2014

 

When it comes to smell, maybe we're not as far behind other members of the animal kingdom as we once thought.

Super Smell

The human nose may be a lot more capable than we've been led to believe.

July 24, 2014

 

Dog Mouth Vs. Human Mouth

Some people believe that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's. While this may be true, which mouth is more dangerous to people?

July 25, 2014

 

Some compound eyes can have thousands of ommatidia!

Seeing With Insect Eyes

The eyes of insects are very different than those of mammals like humans. Nevertheless, they serve their owners well.

July 28, 2014

 

Yum! Check out these chocolate treats!

The Health Benefits Of Chocolate

Recent studies have found that chocolate very well may have health benefits.

July 29, 2014

 

dark chocolate

Why Dark Chocolate Is Good For You

Seemingly decadent, eating dark chocolate is actually good for your heart. Scientists may have finally figured out why.

July 30, 2014

 

A cloud can weigh tons.

Floating Clouds

Despite weighing tons, clouds seem to free-float in the air. How do the billowy marvels stay up in the sky?

July 31, 2014

 

mammoth

Inbred Mammoths

Did climate change wipe out the wooly mammoth? The fossil record may tell a different story of the mammoth's demise.

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from A Moment of Science:

Support for Indiana Public Media Comes From

About A Moment of Science

Search A Moment of Science