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Archive for January 2017

January 2, 2017


The oldest catalogued rock on Earth is a zircon.

Four Billion Year Old Crystals

Zircon may be able to tell us more about the Earth's past.

January 3, 2017


Onions and garlic are both types of alliums, a genus boasting some 750 different species.

Does An Onion A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

The same compounds that make people cry when slicing into an onion may also make them a healthy choice.

January 4, 2017


There may be lingering physiological reasons for why humans crave junk food.

Why Do We Love Junk Food?

People know intellectually that fast food is bad for them, so why do they still crave it?

January 5, 2017


A species of yeast from the understudied basidiomycete class is part of lichen.

Understanding Lichen

Recently the way people understand and define lichen has changed.

January 6, 2017



Rejuvenating Your Skin

Daily moisturizers promising to rejuvenate dead and dull skin cells are overselling themselves.

January 9, 2017


Oxytocin might be an important factor in understanding why some people have greater social abilities than others.

It’s Not Bad Manners, It’s Low Oxytocin

Oxytocin is released into the blood to help regulate several biological functions. It may also be connected to social abilities.

January 10, 2017


Methylation may be an early indication of tumor growth.

Routine Blood Tests May Help Doctors Diagnose Cancer Faster

Researchers hope that by 2021, liquid biopsies will be a part of an annual physical exam.

January 11, 2017


A found and preserved image of Nefertiti.

Hidden Rooms In King Tut’s Tomb Found And Disputed

Egyptologists and Radar Specialists found two new rooms in King Tut's tomb. Or did they?

January 12, 2017


A true Chryxus Arctic butterfly.

Tanana Arctic: Brand-New And Very Old

For years, a new species of butterfly was hiding in plain sight.

January 13, 2017


The center of gravity plays a key role in this punchable clown toy because it will always comes back to its upright form.

Why You Can’t Knock Down a Clown

Remember those inflatable clowns that stood about three feet high and had big red noses, meant for punching? Hit the clown as hard as you could, right back up.

January 16, 2017


An Image of the Crab Nebula. This Nebula is the home of the star that led to the discovery of pulsars.

Pulsars Not Aliens

Mysterious radio signals were found in space. Was it aliens? Or something else?

January 17, 2017


An embroidered representation of the digestive system. Organs in the digestive system can be damaged by excess fat.

Obesity And A Lack Of Fatty Tissue

People with lipodystrophy can have Type 2 diabetes while still remaining very thin.

January 18, 2017


An artist's representation of early Earth being bombarded by asteroids made available by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Early Impact Proved With Spherules

While the most famous asteroid to hit the Earth was 65 million years ago, scientists have found proof of an even earlier impact.

January 19, 2017


Getting tense while watching that suspenseful movie? Your body might be releasing isoprene.

The Smell of Suspense

When a person is watching a movie, their brains and bodies are reacting.

January 20, 2017


Nihon-Ama-Gaeru, Japanese tree frog, Hylidae japonica that is sitting on a leaf of a spindle tree, waiting for insect to catch. Hopefully it's not a poisonous one!

How to Heave Your Guts

You've heard the expression "to heave your guts" used to refer to vomiting. In the case of frogs and toads, "heaving your guts" can have a literal connotation.

January 23, 2017


Swans on a secret date neck each other.

Animal Scandals

Swans, often used as symbol of love and fidelity, aren't as monogamous as people think.

January 24, 2017


Analyzing the rib cages bones of long-dead animals has helped scientists to determine which habitats they lived in.

By Land and By Sea

Researchers at Nagoya University have developed an index to predict whether animals lived on the land, in the sea, or in both habitats.

January 25, 2017


The Sun exploding while setting over the Pacific Ocean in California

The Sun Just Blew Up!

How do you know the sun didn't just explode? We aren't talking about the everyday, run-of-the-mill controlled explosion the sun is always doing, but a big boom.

January 26, 2017



How Leaf Cutter Ants Farm

Leaf cutter ants have been fungus farming for millions of years.

January 27, 2017


How human brains organize memories may be why people (and things) are sometimes called the wrong name.

Wrong Name

Have your parents ever called you the wrong name?

January 30, 2017



Is Microwaving Safe for Food?

It's time to zap the myth that microwaving food somehow damages or irradiates it.

January 31, 2017


Many different organisms from microorganisms to hummingbirds to people depend on snowfall to sustain their ecosystems.

For Many, Snow Is Necessary

The National Science Foundation is studying snowfall.

January 25, 2017


Orangutans are intelligent, but also under threat by human agriculture.

Wild Science: Orangutans

Wild Science visits the Indianapolis Zoo, where staff explain the intelligence and behavior of orangutans, and how their species is being threatened by humans.

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