A Moment of Science
Water on the Brain09/19/14
The scientists found that drinking when thirsty activates the orbitofrontal cortex—an area of the brain linked to emotional decision making.
Fruit Flies are In-Flight Experts
You can see every detail of the flies' evasion tactics, right down to tiny shifts in body position and individual wing beats.
Word of the Day—Spandrel
A term lifted from architecture, spandrel is used to describe how certain traits, through evolution, take on new functions.
Girls Love a Guy With Shine
Male parrots' fluorescent feathers set all the girls hearts a flutter.
Velociraptor: Fact and Fiction
The Velociraptor wasn't nearly as big and scary as in the movie Jurassic Park, but it was just as deadly.
Photographic memory is a myth. People with uncanny memorization skills are just really good at organizing information on familiar topics.
Climate Change and Ocean Life
how it might cause more violent storms and other weather problems like drought and flooding.
Tin Perovskite Solar Cells
Solar energy may be sustainable, but it's not efficient. Scientists trade silicon for perovskite to give solar cells a boost.
Jellyfish turn up in the unlikeliest of places...a Wisconsin sandstone quarry.
Prototaxites: Giant Fungus
Long before animals roamed the earth, Prototaxites existed—a twenty-foot organism that some scientists classify as a giant fungus.
cover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or ot
Small doses disinfect, but larger chlorine quantities are deadly to humans.
Oceans became saline hundreds of millions of years ago as rainfall mixed with sodium from the Earth's crust.
Seeds remain dormant as a survival technique: they wait until weather conditions are optimal to make their big debut.
Snakes are best known for their slithering, but scientists have discovered a "flying" species.
Thinking About Aging
Insecurities about aging can actually cause health damage to elderly people.
The Dark Side of the Universe
The curved and expanding universe has no other "side" per se.
Wild horses don't need horseshoes, but domesticated horses travel paved surfaces that wear down their hoofs at an uncomfortable rate.
Astronomers made a big discovery in determining Pluto's dwarf planet credentials.
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