According to many scientists, we are in the midst of a major mass extinction catastrophe right now. In 2019 a United Nations backed scientific panel concluded that the rate of species extinctions happening right now is already tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past ten million years.
Naked mole-rats are resistant to certain kinds of pain, like the burning sensation caused by acid and capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their heat. But they do feel the painful effects of a substance called allyl isothiocyanate, which is what gives wasabi its burn.
Today on A Moment of Science, we’re going to take a moment to think about coffee and specifically about the importance of water temperature when brewing coffee.
According to new research, most diamonds found at the Earth’s surface are made of carbon from recycled ancient seabed. It’s been a theory for a while, since some diamonds have traces of salt trapped in them.
Perhaps you’ve heard that the average person dreams four to six times each night. But did you know that most of us are unable to recall 90% of our dreams? Today on A Moment of Science we ask why it is that we forget most of our dreams.
An overabundance of so-called "bad" cholesterol clogs the arteries with plaque, making blood flow more difficult. If the plaque ruptures, a blood clot can form and cut off blood supply completely.
The Atacama Desert in Northern Chile is the driest desert on Earth. The only life there is microbial, and researchers study it to get an idea of what we might find on Mars.
There’s been a lot of research lately about how we can get rid of malaria-carrying mosquito populations. One way might be to use a transgenic fungus.
The turkey vulture is supremely adapted for eating only dead things.
Wild Science headed to the Indianapolis Zoo to learn more about California Sea Lions.
Wild Science visits the Indianapolis Zoo, where staff explain the intelligence and behavior of orangutans, and how their species is being threatened by humans.
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.
If you suffered from the neurological disorder called "facial agnosia," you might not recognize the faces of close friends and family. How could this happen?
Here is an at home experiment you can try! Learn about molecular density!
Rattlesnakes are an important component of our ecosystem, but are also potentially dangerous to humans.
They may look gross and scary, but that's just them playing "opossum." We visit Wildcare Inc., to find out more about the "garbage collector of the forest."
Podcasting is a way to automatically download audio files on portable devices such as Apple iPods, other MP3 players, or on your computer for later playback.
To subscribe to a podcast, you first need software to detect and download the audio. Each podcast provides a URL to tell the software where to get the new audio content. All podcast software includes a field where you paste the URL of the podcast and a Subscribe button or other way to indicate you want to automatically download new content.
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