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All About Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

All About Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

Matt Blitz April 14, 2014 0

Mike A. asks: What is the difference between bees, wasps, and hornets? There are many similarities and differences between our little wing-whipping friends. For starters, all can sting you. That said, you may derive

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Do Cow Farts Really Significantly Contribute to Global Warming?

Do Cow Farts Really Significantly Contribute to Global Warming?

Matt Blitz April 11, 2014 2

Shawn asks: Do cow farts really significantly contribute to global warming? There are currently approximately 1.3 to 1.5 billion cows grazing, sleeping, and chewing their cud at any given time on planet Earth. And

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When a New York Yankee Beat an Ostrich in a Spaghetti-Eating Contest

When a New York Yankee Beat an Ostrich in a Spaghetti-Eating Contest

Matt Blitz April 9, 2014 0

The date was April 3, 1919. The location was the South Side Pavilion in sunny Jacksonville, Florida. The occasion was a much-hyped competition of gastronomical strength between Ping Bodie, the five foot eight and

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Disordered Hyperuniformity – The State of Matter Found in a Chicken’s Eye

Disordered Hyperuniformity – The State of Matter Found in a Chicken’s Eye

Melissa March 21, 2014 3

Despite what you learned in grammar school, there are way more than four states of matter. One possible new one, disordered hyperuniformity, was recently found in the weirdest place – the eyes of chickens.

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The Differences Between Rabbits and Hares

The Differences Between Rabbits and Hares

Emily Upton March 20, 2014 1

Scott asks: What’s the difference between hares and rabbits? Is it just two names for the same thing? Rabbits and hares are often confused for one another, so much so that to many the

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The Horses of World War I

The Horses of World War I

Emily Upton March 7, 2014 0

When you think of World War I, you probably think of the technology that made this war so deadly: tanks, machine guns, gas attacks, and bombs. With so many deadly weapons at their disposal,

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Sergeant Stubby: The Most Decorated Dog of WWI

Sergeant Stubby: The Most Decorated Dog of WWI

Emily Upton February 27, 2014 2

Today I Found Out about Sergeant Stubby, the most decorated war dog of WWI. When he was a puppy in 1917, Stubby was wandering around the fields of Yale University. Private Robert J. Conroy

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From Billions to Zero in 50 Years: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

From Billions to Zero in 50 Years: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

Matt Blitz February 18, 2014 1

Martha was a very lonely bird. She had once been part of a pair, with her male counterpart George, but he had died several years before. So, for the final years of her life,

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The Creepy Scolopendra Gigantea Centipede

The Creepy Scolopendra Gigantea Centipede

Melissa February 10, 2014 0

Skittering along at about an inch off the ground, one of the most vicious predators on the planet is often smaller than its prey, blind as a bat and utterly freaking creepy. Giant Centipede

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There Is Technically No Such Thing as an Electric Eel

There Is Technically No Such Thing as an Electric Eel

Melissa February 3, 2014 3

Myth: Electric “eels” exist. There are, however, electric fish: eight-foot long, 600 volt, mouth breathing, alligator-killing fish. Electrophorus electricus Although there are a number of fish that produce an electric charge, the species that

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The World’s Most Expensive Cup of Coffee

The World’s Most Expensive Cup of Coffee

Matt Blitz January 27, 2014 6

According to a 2013 survey, over eighty three percent of Americans drink coffee in the morning and the average citizen drinks multiple cups per day. Between the dark brew, the flavored lattes, the frozen

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Why Dalmatians are Associated with Fire Fighters

Why Dalmatians are Associated with Fire Fighters

Emily Upton January 23, 2014 1

Today I Found Out why Dalmatians are commonly firehouse dogs. Dalmatians as firehouse dogs have become so common in books and movies that it’s practically a stereotype. It turns out that Dalmatians actually really

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The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo

The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo

Emily Upton January 21, 2014 1

Today I Found Out about the man-eaters of Tsavo. In 1898, the British were in the process of building a railway bridge over the Tsavo River in Tsavo, Kenya. Over the next nine to

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Emus vs. Humans: The Great Emu War of 1932

Emus vs. Humans: The Great Emu War of 1932

Emily Upton January 21, 2014 4

Today I Found Out about the Great Emu War of 1932. Emus are native to Australia, and as everyone knows, nearly everything in Australia seems capable of killing you. If the sun doesn’t do

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Did Unicorns Ever Exist?

Did Unicorns Ever Exist?

Matt Blitz January 20, 2014 5

Kara asks: Did unicorns ever exist? On November 30, 2012, the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea’s government “news” agency, reported that scientists had “reconfirmed” the existence and location of the final resting place

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Seagulls Will Not Blow Up if They Eat Alka-Seltzer

Seagulls Will Not Blow Up if They Eat Alka-Seltzer

Karl Smallwood January 17, 2014 2

Seagulls, or gulls depending on how much you dislike syllables, are considered a pest to many, a minor, avoidable annoyance to many more and the harbingers of death OH GOD LOOK AT THEIR COLD

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Robins Can See Magnetic Fields, But Only In One Eye

Robins Can See Magnetic Fields, But Only In One Eye

Karl Smallwood January 8, 2014 7

Despite its unassuming looks and gentle temperament, the humble red breasted robin (Erithacus rubecula) boasts a superhero-like ability. They can see magnetic fields, giving them an almost perfect sense of direction. Just to be

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Do Bats Get Confused by Other Bats’ Sonar?

Do Bats Get Confused by Other Bats’ Sonar?

Melissa January 2, 2014 0

Brian asks: How do bats tell whether it’s their own squeaks they’re hearing or another bat’s? Does this ever confuse them? Seeing with sound, bats can find their way around by bouncing sound waves

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