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Showing posts with label Michael Aranda. Show all posts

January 18, 2018

January 5, 2018

Egyptian Blue: How An Ancient Pigment Could Save Lives

Michael Aranda
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The world’s first artificial pigment, Egyptian blue, may help scientists prevent forgery and even save lives.

December 28, 2017

Kleptopredation: Natural Turduckens

Michael Aranda
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Some birds steal food from other birds to save themselves work, but kleptopredators take it one step further!

December 27, 2017

Why Do We Get Colds When It's Cold?

Michael Aranda
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The temperature drops and you're more likely to get a cold: Is this correlation or causation?

December 18, 2017

6 Stupid And Dangerous Things Scientists Did To Themselves

Michael Aranda
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From poking their own eyes, to drinking a patient's vomit, some extremely passionate scientists have done pretty outrageous things to themselves in the name of science.

December 10, 2017

How Do You Weigh Things In Space?

Michael Aranda
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Astronauts need to know their mass while in orbit, but a normal scale would be free-falling around the Earth with them. So how do they measure their mass without gravity?

November 24, 2017

The Real Philosopher's Stone: Turning Lead Into Gold

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With scientists’ efforts and their creativity, we finally found “the real philosopher’s stone.” That's right, we can now turn lead into gold... a little bit.

November 20, 2017

Does Drinking Alcohol Kill Your Gut Bacteria?

Beer
Beer
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Alcohols are used to disinfect things all the time, which makes drinking them sound bad for the helpful critters in your gut. But, turns out, drinking in moderation could actually be good for your microbiome.

November 18, 2017

Can You Break Glass With Your Voice?

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An old cliche: an opera singer hits a not so high, it breaks a wine glass. It may seem over the top, but with a little science (and an amp), you too can break a glass like the finest soprano!

November 11, 2017

Why Are Metals Shiny?

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We can all appreciate pretty shiny things, but what makes them shiny?

November 9, 2017

Do Animals Mourn The Dead?

Michael Aranda
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We can’t know if or how animals understand death, but behavioural changes in some species could mean they experience something similar to human grief.

November 1, 2017

Vampires: The Science Behind The Myth

Vampire
Vampire
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You’ve heard of vampires (pale, undead, sometimes sparkly), but did you know some of these myths have basis in scientific fact?

October 22, 2017

How Would We Stop A Nuclear Missile?

Nuclear Missile
A nuclear missile
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Most of us are hoping that any nuclear threats are just empty threats, and getting at the facts about ICBMs can be difficult. But what would actually happen if someone launched a nuclear weapon?

September 9, 2017

Do Epsom Salt Baths Do Anything?

Michael Aranda
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You come home from an intense workout, muscles aching, and lower yourself into a warm epsom salt bath from some sweet relief. But are all those extra minerals really helping soothe your pain?

August 22, 2017

What's The Deal With Warts?

Michael Aranda
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On today's Quick Question, we absolve the poor, humble toad of its wart-giving reputation.

August 5, 2017

Why Do Some Farts Smell So Bad?

No Farting Allowed
No Farting Allowed
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Sometimes your farts stink, and sometimes they don't — and it's not because of methane.

July 29, 2017

What Does "A 50% Chance Of Rain" Actually Mean?

Michael Aranda
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Your friendly local weather person says there's a 10% chance it will rain today, so you throw on your flip-flops and head out to enjoy a beautiful day. Next thing you know, you're running through puddles, trying to get out of a torrential downpour.

July 27, 2017

Slime Mold: A Brainless Blob That Seems Smart

Michael Aranda
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Slime molds look gross and... not smart, but they definitely seem to communicate and plan even without neurons. Michael explains the science behind these clever eukaryotes.

July 25, 2017

Why Do We Have Earwax?

Michael Aranda
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No Judging: At one point you've probably put a finger in your ear and dug out some rather unsightly ear wax, but why does your body produce this yellowy substance in the first place?

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