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You Won't Believe How Animals Sleep - Part 1

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Ahhh... Sleep - that peaceful, restful, bliss. I don't have to tell you how nice sleep feels. You do it yourself. Just about everybody does. Not only humans, but also pretty much all animals sleep. Something resembling sleep has been documented in almost all animals, from birds to bees. If you are, a wannabe scientist like us, you may have asked what should have been the dumbest question of them all, "Why do we sleep?" We have a few plausible theories, which have been lightly examined by a previous article written by Will Stowers.
We will be looking a little deeper into a few of those theories, but first, let's look around us for a bit.

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Synesthesia: This Color is Pointy!

In Heroes (a TV series by NBC) there was a deaf character with the ability to see sounds. She joyously 'watched' music, with bursts of color streaming down and around the players; to her, the sight of a skilled cellist was nothing short of magnificent, she was even able to play cello herself without any prior experience, just by watching the colors of her tones floating by.

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The 2014 Brazuca Ball
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The World Cup’s most Advanced Football Yet?

With the Brazil 2014 World Cup over, many people are already looking forward to the Russia 2018 World Cup.  However, for those of us who don’t follow soccer religiously, the four-year gap between the world cups is rather uneventful.  Thankfully, for those of us into science, there is still plenty to be interested in.

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Humans Do Not Hibernate!

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Many mammals, such as bears, hibernate during winter to store body fat and prevent the loss of energy, since it becomes difficult to find food in such cold weather. Other mammals experience estivation and hibernate even during the summer. However, one type of mammal, the human species, does not hibernate at all. The main reason mammals hibernate is to adjust to the changing temperatures. Humans have the mental faculties to put on a jacket or drink cold water to respond to the different seasons.   Continue reading

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Life in Plastic Not So Fantastic

It seems everything these days is plastic. Cold, shiny, hard plastic. The brightly patterned case on your iPhone, the limited edition Barbie in your younger sibling’s hands, Regina George. But what happens when Apple releases a new phone? When the Barbie’s head comes off with a satisfying pop? When Cady Heron pushes Regina George in front of a bus? Where does all that plastic go?

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Drinking Coffee Under the Sun

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It’s an extremely hot day-you know, the day that makes you question what validity global warming skeptics could possibly have. Yeah, that type of day. Now, in the desire and necessity to stay hydrated, you have two options: a cold iced tea, or a fresh brew of coffee. What do you choose? Better yet, what should you choose, according to the laws of science? Continue reading

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Isotopes, Telescopes, and Titan! Oh my!

No, there’s no radioactive Cronus constellation spotted yet (we’ll keep looking). But, recently a study funded by NASA and the European Space agency (ESA) produced strong evidence suggesting that nitrogen on one of Saturn’s moons, Titan, emerged from super cold conditions similar to comet nurseries in the Oort cloud (breeding grounds for really old comets). Contrary to what scientists believed just two weeks ago, this study suggests that Titan didn’t originate from “the warm disk of material thought to have surrounded the infant planet Saturn” (JPL) in the early years of the solar system. Continue reading

Tesla Motors CEO Funds New Tesla Museum

There is no doubt that Nikola Tesla has left his mark on the world. The Serbian inventor has left a legacy unparalleled by most. His design of the alternating current induction motor is the basis for electricity transmission grids all across the world. He had over 100 patents in his name and had ideas that stretched far beyond his time.  Although long since gone, Nikola Tesla is still celebrated and adored by many. Continue reading

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Your Great Grandkids Compass Might Point South

If you’re unfamiliar with compasses, you can make one yourself. All you have to do is take a needle, rub it in silk, and put it in a piece of cork and float it in a bowl of water and the needle will point north because it has been magnetized by rubbing it in silk.   Yet, if your great-great-great grandkids tried to do this, then the needle very well might point the other way. Continue reading

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Ancient Case of Down Syndrome Discovered

Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder which is caused by the presence a third copy of chromosome 21. This disorder causes those afflicted with it to experience growth delays, characteristic facial features, and varying levels of intellectual disability. Down Syndrome was fully detailed by 1866, but there were few documented cases of disorder even though it has probably existed thought human history. In a significant new discovery, it has been confirmed that a 1500 year old Medieval French child is the oldest confirmed case of Down Syndrome.

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You're a mutant, too!

You are a mutant, too.

We’ve grown up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, hundred year old vampires, one eyed flight pilots, and a guy who gained super powers by being bitten by a bug. It’s only natural that we start to wonder about mutations of our own. After thorough research I have found mutations are much more common than we may think.

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