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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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Touched By A Bacterium

4/19/2018
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Scientists from Indiana University found that bacterium have a sense of touch.

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Can Plants Learn?

4/18/2018
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It might sound like science fiction, but a recent study found evidence that plants can learn.

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Polarized Lake Light

4/17/2018
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Sometimes, under the right circumstances, you'll see a mysterious dark patch in an otherwise wonderfully reflective lake. Why?

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A Cottonwood, A Beaver, And A Beetle

4/16/2018
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a repugnant, bitter fluid that sends the ants running away.

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Finding A Positive Way To Discourage Substance Abuse

4/13/2018
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The usual tactics of anti-drug messaging—focus on the negative effects—are much less effective than using positive messages about sober lifestyles.

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People Are Endothermic, Snakes Are Ectothermic

4/11/2018
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You probably already know that humans are warm-blooded, while creatures like snakes are cold-blooded. Scientists prefer the terms endothermic and ectothermic. Snakes are ectothermic--they're dependent on their environment for heat.

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Rational Thinking In Animals

4/10/2018
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Scientists are studying how animals think and perceive the world around them.

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The United States Has A Pet Obesity Problem

4/9/2018
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More than fifty percent of pet dogs and almost sixty percent of pet cats are obese.

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Hungry Enough To Eat Partially Digested Food

4/6/2018
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Scientists recently discovered that neanderthals would eat chyme, a mixture of partially digested food and stomach acid found in animals' stomachs.

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The Mutated Gene That Can Make People Live Ten Percent Longer

4/5/2018
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People with this particular gene mutation lived 10% longer, had lower incidences of diabetes, and better general cardiovascular health.

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Don’t Touch That Fawn

4/4/2018
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We've all had a moment in our childhood when we came across an abandoned baby animal, and felt the need to care for the little creature. However, before you denigrate other species' parenting, let alone actively interfere with it, you should know that it's rarely the case that the baby animals you run across have actually been abandoned. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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Your Brain And Religious Faith

4/3/2018
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Psychologists are studying the different cognitive factors that might contribute to a person's attitudes towards religion.

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What’s The Difference Between Turtles, Tortoises, And Terrapins?

4/2/2018
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Learn more about the amazing order of reptiles, Testudines.

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Benjamin Franklin And The Case Of The Mysteriously Cold Lock

3/30/2018
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Benjamin Franklin conducted experiments to understand heat by using a silver dollar and a candle.

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The Neurobiology of Jealousy

3/29/2018
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Scientists made titi monkeys jealous to study what a jealous brain looked like.

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Newton’s Rainbows

12/28/2017
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Sir Isaac Newton experimented frequently to understand why prisms display a rainbow.

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Drunk Goldfish

12/27/2017
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Goldfish can survive up to five months in oxygen-less water at the bottom of frozen ponds by turning lactic acid into alcohol-ethanol.

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Silent Reading

12/26/2017
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In the Western World, silent reading has only been around for approximately a thousand years.

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Concrete Recipe

12/25/2017
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Due to a secret ingredient, ancient Roman concrete is the world’s most durable and resilient concrete ever created.

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The Garbage Collectors Of The Rainforests

12/22/2017
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Ants are responsible for removing more than half of the waste on rainforest floors.

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