A Moment of Science

Serving Up Nuclear Pasta

Hinzugefügt: 12. Januar 2021

Neutron stars can form when a giant star goes supernova. During a supernova, the star’s core collapses, and the remaining protons and electrons get squeezed together so tightly that their nuclei...

The Science Of Narrative Structure

Hinzugefügt: 11. Januar 2021

Even very different kinds of books share some common characteristics, like the pattern of their function words. These are the short connector words such as pronouns and prepositions, as well as...

Dinosaur For Dinner

Hinzugefügt: 8. Januar 2021

Chewed up dinosaur bones are a pretty common find in Colorado's Mygatt-Moore Quarry. According to a recent story, about 29% of 2,368 dinosaur bones researchers found had bite marks from the...

Do Praying Mantises Change Color?

Hinzugefügt: 7. Januar 2021

Mantises display subtle shades of color that sometimes allow them to disappear into their habitats, where you might find them perching on a blade of tall grass or a pumpkin vine.

Facebook And The Emergency Department

Hinzugefügt: 6. Januar 2021

Social media can be addictive, and sometimes it's better to cut back on use. But it isn't necessarily all bad. It can tell us some surprising things about a person's well being.

How Eureka Moments Can Warp Our Judgement

Hinzugefügt: 31. Dezember 2020

A eureka moment is an experience where a solution or idea suddenly appears in your mind and immediately feels true. One reason eureka experiences are peculiar is that they tend to accompany...

The Powerful Pistol Shrimp

Hinzugefügt: 29. Dezember 2020

Today we will consider a small but mighty creature called the pistol shrimp. It's a ferocious animal, known for its claws, one of which is a normal pincer. The other is an enormous snapper, which...

The Gestures In Our Voices

Hinzugefügt: 28. Dezember 2020

When we talk to people on the phone who we know well, we can often predict their physical gestures while they're talking, even if we can't see them. That's because we've seen them do it before, and...

A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall

Hinzugefügt: 26. Dezember 2020

Some days rain falls in a light, calm sweep across the earth. On other days rain falls in a torrential downpour, flooding the ground below. So, what causes this difference?

Ancient Gum

Hinzugefügt: 4. Dezember 2020

At one Stone-Age-era archaeological site in southern Denmark on the island Lolland all of the artifacts have been sealed in mud since the Mesolithic period 6,000 years ago. One artifact is what...

Will Dogs Really Rescue Humans?

Hinzugefügt: 3. Dezember 2020

Cooperation and mutual aid can help animals survive and reproduce, and in these circumstances evolution can promote helpful and unselfish behavior. A study by American researchers published in 2020...

Aluminum, Phosphate, Lead and Water

Hinzugefügt: 2. Dezember 2020

Too much lead is always a cause for concern, and scientists are still learning about how lead interacts with other substances. Take aluminum and phosphate. Phosphate is sometimes added to water...

Rediscovering the Nose-Horned Lizard

Hinzugefügt: 1. Dezember 2020

Many years ago, it seemed like there was so much biodiversity out there, with all kinds of new plants and animals to discover. Now it seems like every corner of the world has been studied and...

Are There Active Volcanoes On Venus?

Hinzugefügt: 30. November 2020

The surface of Venus is dotted with ring-like structures named coronae, produced by volcanic activity. They appear to be much like the Hawaiian islands on Earth, which are products of volcanic...

Neanderthals and Fertility

Hinzugefügt: 27. November 2020

Some of us have Neanderthal genes, and there's nothing wrong with that. There's research showing that women with a certain gene variant, or allele, inherited from Neanderthals are more fertile than...

Why Does the Sun Seem to Follow Us?

Hinzugefügt: 26. November 2020

You're driving down the highway on a beautiful day as your child looks out the window. She asks, "Why is the sun following us?"

Escape From A Frog's Stomach

Hinzugefügt: 25. November 2020

In 2020 a Japanese biologist reported discovering a species of aquatic beetle that can actively escape alive from the stomach of a pond frog. It doesn't crawl back up the frog's gullet and out its...

Vaccine Skeptics Think Differently

Hinzugefügt: 24. November 2020

Despite having almost 1,300 measles cases in 2019 after measles was declared eradicated from the U.S. in 2000, some people are still hesitant to vaccinate themselves or their children.

The Wonderful World Inside Lava Caves

Hinzugefügt: 23. November 2020

Do you live near a dormant volcano? You might have a weird wonderland right beneath your feet.

Lava Caves Part 1

Hinzugefügt: 20. November 2020

In Hawaii, there's a lava cave named Kazumura that's over 40 miles long, the largest in the world. When a volcano erupts, it sends lava rivers rushing downhill. As these rivers flow, their sides...