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.
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
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
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
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
Chocolate is absolutely horrible! It’s loaded with sugar which leads to cavities and diabetes. So we should all stay away from chocolate right? Well...yes AND no.
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
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.
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.
In honor of tonight (July 12, 2014) being the first supermoon of the summer, I’ve decided to shed a little light on our majestic neighbor in the sky. Most of us know the basics of the moon; it’s made of cheese and a man lives on it. (Just kidding guys… those are complete myths, unfortunately for the cheese.) But there is much more to the moon than meets the eye. Here are 10 facts about the moon that will make you wish you could visit!
Imagine you could become photosynthetic (even if only partially) by eating a photosynthetic organism. Sadly for us, that must stay in our imagination. However, there does exist a leaf-looking sea slug—of the Elysia chlorotica species—that has been known to steal chloroplasts from the algae it eats. Continue reading
Most of us have never seen the night sky… well, the real night sky. Since not many people live in rural areas anymore, we just cannot see the night sky without light pollution from cities and towns. The brilliant lights of our cities ruin the beauty behind all of the light pollution. There are many types of light pollution; however, there are also many methods to reduce that pollution in cities. Continue reading