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August 19, 2019

 

Hot And Bothered Fish

Scientists working with two species of damselfish on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef discovered that when water temperatures increased by as little as three degrees, fish personalities changed.

August 16, 2019

 

A Spoon’s Double Vision

Look at the back of a spoon and your reflection appears right side up.  Look into a spoon’s bowl, and your reflection’s upside down. How come?

August 14, 2019

 

Hills In The Ocean

In the Western Pacific around New Guinea, there’s a watery hill almost 250 feet high.  This isn’t a hill on the ocean floor, it’s a hill in the ocean’s surface itself.

August 13, 2019

 

Your Shadow’s Halo

A “heiligenshein,” is German for halo.  This is a glowing light around the head and shoulders of your shadow. It’s likely to be seen by early morning golfers on dewy grass. 

August 12, 2019

 

Flies That Eat Spiders

In most showdowns between spiders and flies, the odds weigh heavily in the spider’s favor.  Today, however, we’ll look at a few species of fly that manage to turn the tables on their eight legged foes.

August 9, 2019

 

When The Sky Turns Green

As sunlight enters our atmosphere, it bends slightly.  This is due to refraction, the same thing that makes a pencil look slightly askew when you stick it half way into a glass of water.

August 8, 2019

 

Generational Plant Wisdom

Information about when to germinate is imprinted by the mother plant in the seeds’ genes—essentially turning certain genes off that regulate germination.

August 7, 2019

 

Microbes Help Form Copper Deposits

Copper, gold and silver can’t just be found anywhere buried under the soil. It takes very specific conditions to produce deposits of mineral ores that can be mined.

August 6, 2019

 

Ancient Roman Parasites

Researchers at the University of Cambridge found that ancient Romans did not see a reduction in intestinal parasites like whipworm, roundworm and tapeworm, compared to people who lived during earlier ages with less sophisticated sanitation systems.

August 5, 2019

 

The Periodic Table

This year, 2019, the periodic table turns 150. It organizes the elements into rows and columns. The seven rows are based on the number of an element’s electron shells.

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