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A Moment of Science

Speaking With Tongues

Dodany: 6 października 2020

Today, we're talking about talking, and parrots, which can learn to talk, and is why studying the way parrots vocalize can help scientists better understand the way humans vocalize. If you think...

Your Skin's Thermometer

Dodany: 5 października 2020

What skin temperature feels comfortable to you? I'm not talking about air temperature, I'm talking about the temperature of your skin itself, under your clothes. Chances are, it's about 86 degrees...

Of Figs And Fig Wasps

Dodany: 2 października 2020

Figs have their thousands of individual flowers folded up inside them, so they can't rely on bees or wind to pollinate them with a male fig's pollen. That's where the fig wasp comes in. 

Black Tongues And Stomach Aches

Dodany: 1 października 2020

Sometimes, when people get stomach aches they are alarmed to find that their tongue has turned black. Fortunately for them, it isn't a life threatening condition. 

Murphy's Toast

Dodany: 30 września 2020

If you're eating toast, and you accidentally bump it to the floor, it seems more likely to land buttered side down.  This is one of the most common formulations of Murphy's Law--the tongue-in-cheek...

Growing Plants Indoors

Dodany: 29 września 2020

It can be hard to grow plants indoors, especially in a room without a lot of sunlight. Sometimes it's just a matter of choosing the right plant, though.

Cockroach Milk

Dodany: 28 września 2020

A cockroach species in Hawaii called the Pacific beetle cockroach can actually give milk. This isn't the only thing this cockroach has in common with mammals, either. It also gives birth to live...

Airplane Contrails

Dodany: 25 września 2020

Have you ever seen a perfectly cloudless sky?  Cloudless--that is--except for two or three long white lines smeared across the perfect blue sky by airplanes like smudges on a pane of glass.

The "Frankenstein" Galaxy

Dodany: 23 września 2020

Today's Moment of Science is about a galaxy called UGC 1382. For a long time, scientists thought it was a fairly small, run-of-the mill galaxy, but then they realized it actually had huge spiral arms.

How Cold Does It Feel?

Dodany: 22 września 2020

If you're lucky enough to live where it's sometimes windy and cold, you've probably heard your weatherperson give out two temperatures:  the actual temperature outside, and a temperature based on...

Trees Know When Something's Eating Them

Dodany: 21 września 2020

German scientists studying young beeches and maples knew plants responded to predation, but they wanted to know if plants could tell the difference between a deer chewing their leaves verus being...

The Secrets Of Sandpaper

Dodany: 1 września 2020

Sandpaper isn't made of ordinary sand, it's made of abrasive minerals like aluminum oxide or garnet that are glued onto a paper backing.

Whollydooleya tomnpatrichorum: A Newly Identified Flesh-Eating Marsupial

Dodany: 31 sierpnia 2020

Scientists in Australia identified a new extinct marsupial using a fossil of its molar tooth they found in a newly discovered fossil site in remote Queensland. They decided to name is Whollydooleya...

The Milky Way Is More Than A Candy Bar

Dodany: 28 sierpnia 2020

Did you know that a third of the people living on Earth can't see the Milky Way at night? More than 80 percent of North Americans and 60 percent of Europeans are unable to see the Milky Way at night.

The Hairy Truth

Dodany: 27 sierpnia 2020

The main difference between hair and fur is where it grows, not what it's made of. Hair length is a trait that's specific both to you as an individual, and to your species.

Does Trampling Harm Grass

Dodany: 26 sierpnia 2020

Parking your car on your lawn might look strange, but it doesn't harm your grass. The part of the grass that's responsible for new growth is at the base of the plant, so even if the blades are...

Elephant Grandmothers Equal More Elephant Calves

Dodany: 25 sierpnia 2020

Multigenerations groups aren't common in zoos, but they're a really good idea for elephants. A recent study showed how important grandmother elephants are for the survival of baby calves.

Lost Underwater City Not A City At All

Dodany: 24 sierpnia 2020

In shallow water off the Greek island Zakynthos there is what could be the ruins of an old Greek or Roman city. When it was discovered, people thought it was a forgotten city that had been...

Fish Can Recognize Human Faces

Dodany: 21 sierpnia 2020

How do people recognize faces? Is it a special ability that relies on custom circuitry in the human brain? Or, do we learn it with the same brain circuitry that we use to recognize other objects?

King Tut's Space Dagger

Dodany: 20 sierpnia 2020

King Tutankhamen of Egypt has fascinated people ever since archeologist Howard Carter discovered his splendid tomb in 1922. He ruled ancient Egypt as Pharaoh around 1330 BC, and died when he was...