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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 Paradox Of Predator And Prey

7/19/2019
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According to a study by scientists at McGill University, areas with more prey have more predators overall than areas with relatively sparse prey. However, an abundance of prey does not result in as many predators as might seem likely.

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The Genetic Benefits Of Sleep

7/18/2019
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Humans spend about a third of their lives asleep. Sleep seems essential for all animals that have a nervous system, but nobody really knows why.

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The Science Of Cricket Fights

7/17/2019
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Scientists tested male field crickets in competitions where they paired males with similar body mass and size, but different head sizes. They found that males with larger heads won more fights than males with smaller heads.

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Was The Lorax Really A Monkey?

7/16/2019
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A new study argues that the Dr. Seuss character The Lorax could have been inspired by a real monkey.

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The Slimy Mental Networks Of Bacteria

7/15/2019
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The human brain contains about 86 billion nerve cells, or neurons. They signal to one another electrochemically to control our behavior.

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The Health Effects Of Coffee And Tea

7/12/2019
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Coffee has so much more caffeine than tea that the body can absorb a lot of it quickly. Tea, on the other hand, makes the body work hard to absorb its caffeine.

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The Slingshot Spider

7/11/2019
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In 2019, researchers discovered a tiny spider in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest that has a behavior that’s surprisingly similar to the Marvel superhero Spiderman.

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The Twin Benefits of Eating Less Meat

7/10/2019
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Research shows that health models and emissions models join up if people were to consume less meat worldwide, by cutting from their diet 2-3 portions of meat per week.

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Crow Thievery

7/9/2019
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Crows are always on the lookout for others to rob, and they alter their tactics depending upon whether their victim is related or not.

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The Crafty Octopus

7/8/2019
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Scientists have known for some time that octopuses make use of shells and other objects they find to hide from predators.

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Human Hunters Are Unique In Nature

7/5/2019
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Technology puts humans outside the constraints nature imposes on other predators and makes us superpredators. Using weapons, humans kill nine times as many large carnivores as any other species.

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The Danger Of Spitting Cobras

7/4/2019
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The scariest thing about cobras is that some species don’t even have to bite you to injure you. They can spit poison a distance of three feet, and they always aim for the eyes.

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Painless Genetics

7/3/2019
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Doctors in Scotland recently came across a woman who has a gene mutation that makes everything from bumping into furniture to getting surgery totally painless.

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The History of Continental Drift

7/2/2019
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North and South America were arranged in nearly the same positions as they are today as far back as 20 million years ago. A significant difference was that they were separated by a deep open channel called the Central American Seaway.

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Monkeys That Chew Their Cud

7/1/2019
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Proboscis monkeys from Borneo and cows have something in common: they both chew their cuds.

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The Physics Of Setting Grapes On Fire

6/28/2019
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If you cut a grape in half and put the two halves in the microwave so that they’re touching each other, it will produce a glowing fireball.

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Asian Jumping Worms

6/27/2019
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Asian jumping worms are, as their name suggests, an invasive species. They were first reported in the U.S. in 1939, and were first found in Wisconsin in 2013.

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Traveling Whale Barnacles

6/26/2019
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Scientists are still trying to figure out just how long whales have been making annual trips south for the winter.

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Ancient Egyptian Cat Lovers

6/25/2019
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The Ancient Egyptians substantially influenced the personality of the domesticated cat, turning a fierce predator into the house cat of today.

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Blow Dryer Flier

6/24/2019
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Blow dryers show us something about physics. Here's an experiment you can do at home. All you need is a blow dryer, and a ping-pong ball.

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