Be it in a voicemail or that music video you made about Hamlet in English class, there’s a good chance that you've heard the sound of your voice on a recording. Chances are, you despised it--and not just because of anything you actually said (although that may also be the case, who knows). You might think there’s something wrong with technology, distorting your dulcet tones so they sound unbearable, but what you hear when you press that play button is how others perceive your voice. Simply said, what you hear when you talk is not what other individuals hear. Continue reading
Electric eels (Electrophorus electricus) can produce electric shocks of more than 500 volts. They can shock other animals but they don’t electrocute themselves. How? Physics? Biology? Magic?
For most of us here, Richard III is a name that automatically brings up memories of forced high school Shakespeare readings – for which I apologize. For those less familiar with the guy, he’s an amoral, inbred British Royal from the Middle Ages – so, pretty par for the course. He’s most known for killing his nephews in order to seize the throne, in an act right out of the latest episode of Game of Thrones.
There is no doubt that the dog possesses an extraordinary sense of smell. While humans have only 5 million olfactory receptor cells, dogs have 200 million. Thus, dogs have been of great interest to the medical world for a while now. But is a dog’s sense of smell so keen as to sniff out cancer? Continue reading
With the legalization of marijuana in certain states, the drug has come under a lot of scrutiny. Recently, scientists from the University of Texas, Dallas, Advance MRI, LLC, Mind Research Network and University of New Mexico collaborated to study the long-term effects of marijuana. This shouldn’t be taken as any sort of definitive conclusion as to whether you should take up the habit (especially if it’s illegal), but it may provide some interesting information to think about.
As Thanksgiving rolls around, its interesting to go back on our nations history to examine where it all began. Jamestown, Virginia was established in 1607 as the first permanent settlement on American soil. Most people know the basic story- it was the site where Puritan immigrants came looking for freedom and a new place to call home. After harsh winters and poor farming techniques, the population was decimated until Native Americans of the Paspahegh welcomed them and provided crucial support. But what most people don’t know is that there’s evidence that an English colony could have existed almost 50 years before Jamestown, and it was located further from the coast than most early sites such as Jamestown and Roanoke. The colony was rooted deep in Gwinnett County, in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia. Continue reading
Baby seals are cute. They’re also incredibly smart. In fact, they’re the smartest baby mammals on the planet. In the animal kingdom, brain size at the time of birth can indicate how much an infant’s capacity to think has been developed.
If there’s one thing parrots are renowned for besides their brilliant coloration, it’s their ability to speak. Or, more accurately, their ability to mimic human speech. There are other avian species, such as certain crows and mynas, as well as parakeets, that have also been known to possess this skill, but none are quite as popularized as the parrot. The African grey parrot, in particular, is lauded for its exemplary imitation ability. The big question is whether these birds can actually understand what they’re saying. Continue reading
In a child-like manner, you were spinning around on the floor, or maybe you were on one of those crazy teacup rides at the amusement park. Now you’ve ended up dizzy, unable to stand straight, falling over. Why is that? Continue reading
Have you ever experienced a sudden feeling of familiarity while in a completely new place? How about a sudden feeling that you’ve had the exact same conversation with someone? If you’ve ever found yourself in this eerie situation, you’ve experienced déjà vu. Well, you’re not alone. It’s a random and fleeting sensation that reportedly occurs in 60-80% of people. Continue reading
Any kid you meet on the playground can tell you that the black dots in bananas are tarantula eggs, that three centipedes crawl into your mouth every night while you sleep, and that figs are full of baby wasps. Unlike the other two urban legends, however, that last one is true. Continue reading