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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

Why Can’t We Remember Our Dreams?

9/13/2019
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Perhaps you’ve heard that the average person dreams four to six times each night. But did you know that most of us are unable to recall 90% of our dreams? Today on A Moment of Science we ask why it is that we forget most of our dreams.

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Working Out Your Arteries

9/12/2019
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An overabundance of so-called "bad" cholesterol clogs the arteries with plaque, making blood flow more difficult. If the plaque ruptures, a blood clot can form and cut off blood supply completely.

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Water Sensitive Microbes

9/11/2019
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The Atacama Desert in Northern Chile is the driest desert on Earth. The only life there is microbial, and researchers study it to get an idea of what we might find on Mars.

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Mosquito-Killing Fungus

9/10/2019
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There’s been a lot of research lately about how we can get rid of malaria-carrying mosquito populations. One way might be to use a transgenic fungus.

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Giraffe Nurseries

9/9/2019
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Humans aren’t the only species that send their children to nurseries in order to play, learn and be protected. Giraffes, in fact, sometimes leave their calves in a sort of nursery.

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NASA’s Twin Study

9/6/2019
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Mark and Scott Kelly are identical twin brothers who are both NASA astronauts. In 2015, Scott Kelly was launched on a record 340 day mission to the International Space Station.

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Are Flip-Flops Good For You?

9/5/2019
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According to podiatrists, flip-flops provide no arch support and cause the foot to roll inward. And, because the only thing keeping flip-flops on feet is that little rubber thong, you end up gripping them mainly with the toes.

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The Amazing Walking Sticks

9/4/2019
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Today's episode is about walking stick insects. You probably know them for their curious appearance. They resemble the twigs of the plants they feed on.

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The Health Consequences Of Parenting

9/3/2019
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Research conducted at Lorna Linda University Health shows that children who grew up with parents who had a “warm” parenting style have an advantage over children who grew up with parents who had a “cold” parenting style when it comes to health and aging.

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Assassin Bugs

9/2/2019
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The assassin bug eats other insects. It has raptorial forelegs similar to a praying mantis, meaning it's covered in teeth-like extensions used for grasping prey.

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Which Bugs Are True Bugs?

8/30/2019
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Today on A Moment of Science, we explore the precise meaning of the word "bug," and how it differs from the term "insect."

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Warm Winds Are Blowing In Antarctica

8/29/2019
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In 2019, a new study led by researchers at the University of Maryland’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center used satellite data to show that increasingly large seasonal pools of melt water might widen cracks in an Antarctic ice sheet and cause it to break up.

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This Tarantula Has Got The Blues

8/28/2019
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Like other tarantulas, the cobalt blue tarantula is nocturnal. It makes its home in southeast Asia's tropical forests, where it likes to live alone in a burrow dug into the ground.

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Coffee Cup Convection

8/27/2019
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Convection is a common process in nature, and occurs when warmer air or liquid lies under a cooler layer. This is what happens in a coffee cup: the coffee on top is cooled by evaporation, and since cooler is also heavier, gravity pulls it toward the bottom.

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Rewards Change How Rats See The World

8/26/2019
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In a recent experiment, rats changed the mental map of their surroundings after getting a reward.

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Organs Can Heal Themselves Like Skin

8/23/2019
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Scientists found that human organs have small amounts of stem-like cells that can divide really quickly to replace tissue lost during organ failure.

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Don’t Try To Cross A Cross Sea

8/22/2019
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On the beach at Île de Ré, a small island off the west coast of France, there are square waves. This is the result of two sets of wave intersecting at right angles.

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Jabuticaba, The Fruit That Grows On Trees

8/21/2019
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Jabuticaba is a fruit native to Brazil. It’s the size and color of a plum, with a white pulp and several seeds. It’s also known for its health benefits and sometimes gets called a “super fruit.”

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Super Rabbit

8/20/2019
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Five million year old rabbit fossils found on the island of Minorca were six times the size of today's rabbits.

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Hot And Bothered Fish

8/19/2019
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Scientists working with two species of damselfish on Australia's Great Barrier Reef discovered that when water temperatures increased by as little as three degrees, fish personalities changed.

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