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These vignettes remove some of the mystery from science, but not the wonder. A Moment of Science makes you think "Wow, that's neat!" and go tell somebody else about it. We've all hit our "funny bone." Why does it feel like that? What do bicycles, footballs, and space shuttles have in common? Can you really learn while you are asleep? Why do some birds hop and others walk? These and other questions about the world we live in are answered in A Moment of Science.

These vignettes remove some of the mystery from science, but not the wonder. A Moment of Science makes you think "Wow, that's neat!" and go tell somebody else about it. We've all hit our "funny bone." Why does it feel like that? What do bicycles, footballs, and space shuttles have in common? Can you really learn while you are asleep? Why do some birds hop and others walk? These and other questions about the world we live in are answered in A Moment of Science.
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These vignettes remove some of the mystery from science, but not the wonder. A Moment of Science makes you think "Wow, that's neat!" and go tell somebody else about it. We've all hit our "funny bone." Why does it feel like that? What do bicycles, footballs, and space shuttles have in common? Can you really learn while you are asleep? Why do some birds hop and others walk? These and other questions about the world we live in are answered in A Moment of Science.

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Episodes

The Cloning, Quaking Aspen

9/26/2018
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Quaking aspen trees are aggressive plants that will crowd out conifers in their need for sunlight.

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Why Do Durians Smell Bad?

9/25/2018
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Durian (Durio zibethinus) is a fruit from southeast Asia, about the size of a melon with a thorny rind, and notable for its potent smell. People have described it as smelling like garbage or rotting meat. This isn’t an exaggeration. For example in Malaysia, many places such as hotels and airports have a ban on […]

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The Lessons Of A Pandemic Simulation

9/24/2018
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In May of 2018, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security addressed a pandemic outbreak known as Clade X. A panel of health experts and current or former policy makers discovered that Clade X was a novel pathogen engineered by a group with the goal of reducing world population to pre-Industrial levels. Clade X quickly […]

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Does The Shape Of A Beer Glass Actually Affect How You Drink?

9/21/2018
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Scientists studied how a glass's shape might influence the rate at which someone consumes beer.

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How Did Saltwater Steelhead Trout Evolve To Live In Freshwater?

9/20/2018
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Within the last century, saltwater steelhead trout evolved to live in freshwater.

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How You Envision Others Says A Lot About You In Real Life

9/19/2018
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Perhaps imagining someone else with the qualities you admire is one way to develop them in yourself.

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How Big Was the Founding Population of Native Americans?

9/18/2018
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In 2018, researchers found that the amount of first humans that crossed the land bridge from Siberia over to Alaska was much smaller than people originally assumed.

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Video Games Can Help Ease Trauma

9/17/2018
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A recent study found that playing games such as Tetris within six hours of being in a car accident could ease the rate of intrusive memories due to trauma from the event.

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How Similar Are Humans And Chimps?

9/14/2018
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I know that humans and chimps share something like 98 percent of our DNA. But what does this really mean?

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Don’t Pet That Honey Badger

9/13/2018
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The honey badger: a weasel with a sweet name and an ability to do serious damage.

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Travelers’ Diarrhea Has A Type

9/12/2018
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If your blood type is A, you're more likely to get stomach-based ailments when visiting developing countries than people with other blood types.

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The Solar-Powered Slug

9/11/2018
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A slug can use solar energy to nourish itself.

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Large Mammal Extinctions: Did Prehistoric Humans Do It?

9/10/2018
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Was it climate change or overhunting by our ancestors that killed off wooly mammoths and other large mammals?

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The Color Of Blood

9/7/2018
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Yeah, your blood is red. But what about octopus blood? Or skink blood?

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How Do One-Way Mirrors Work?

9/6/2018
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Today we will unveil the magic behind one-way glass. The trick is simpler than you might think. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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Ravens: Einsteins Of The Bird World

9/5/2018
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Ravens are definitely tops when it comes to brain size. And now scientists believe they use objects to get attention.

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Neanderthal Brains

9/4/2018
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Early modern human brains were different in one particular way that might have given them a big advantage over Neanderthals.

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What Is The Difference Between Horns And Antlers?

9/3/2018
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There are some important differences between horns and antlers.

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Can We Find Aliens By Their Satellites?

8/31/2018
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In 2018, a Spanish astronomer proposed that we could detect the network of satellites an alien civilization might put in orbit around their home planet.

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Multiple Discovery

8/30/2018
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Multiple discovery is a concept of the evolution of scientific thinking as a social development. It highlights how advances in science come from original insight, and result from social processes.

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