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The Skin of an African Elephant

The Skin of an African Elephant

Melissa July 2, 2014 2

When you consider their size and how much they have to keep under wraps, African elephants have surprisingly thin skin, relatively speaking. Holding Everything In Across most of their bodies, an African elephant’s skin

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The “Kill It With Fire” Asian Giant Hornet

The “Kill It With Fire” Asian Giant Hornet

Melissa May 23, 2014 0

At nearly twice the size of its nearest relatives and holding enough venom to kill a man, the Asian Giant Hornet is a menace to people, bees and wasps alike. Eusocial, like other stinging

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Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way to Navigate

Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way to Navigate

Emily Upton May 14, 2014 3

Today I found out that dung beetles use the Milky Way to navigate. Dung beetles have long surprised scientists with their remarkable navigation abilities, despite the relatively small sizes of their brains. Scientists have

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The Eleven Thousand Year Old Contagious Cancer Still Multiplying Today

The Eleven Thousand Year Old Contagious Cancer Still Multiplying Today

Melissa April 28, 2014 2

Eleven thousand years ago, one saucy canine got busy and, as can happen with unprotected sex, gave its partner a venereal disease, although uniquely, this VD was cancerous. Over the course of the intervening

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Where Do Insects Go in Winter?

Where Do Insects Go in Winter?

Melissa April 25, 2014 3

Michael asks: Where do insects disappear to in the winter time? As cold-blooded creatures, insects are particularly susceptible to winter’s freezing temperatures. To survive, this class of animals has developed a wide variety of

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Frogs and Milk- How to Keep Milk from Spoiling Without Refrigeration

Frogs and Milk- How to Keep Milk from Spoiling Without Refrigeration

Matt Blitz April 24, 2014 4

For centuries, before refrigeration, an old Russian practice was to drop a frog into a bucket of milk to keep the milk from spoiling. In modern times, many believed that this was nothing more

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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 11

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 1

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 5

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 2

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 3

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 4

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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