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October 20, 2014

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8:15 PM | Physics Explains Ingrown Toenails
Fingernails. Neil Milne via Flickr CC By SA-2.0 Humans have been dealing with painful nail problems for a long time. And surgeons have been trying to fix those problems since at least the 7th century, when the Greek physician Paul of Aegina wrote about surgical treatments for nail conditions. Although many of these conditions, such as ingrown nails, are well known, they’re not terribly well understood. In a paper in Physical Biology, scientists have published the first […]

October 17, 2014

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6:00 PM | Rubber Ducky Comet Site Needs A Catchy Name
The landing area currently known as Site J. ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA The astronomy community isn’t always great at naming things. The Rosetta spacecraft, for example, is currently orbiting a comet with the unsightly name of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. On November 12, Rosetta will release its lander, Philae—the first manmade object ever to touch down on a comet—and the European Space Agency needs your help to […]

October 07, 2014

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7:00 PM | Why Orange Juice Tastes Disgusting After You Brush Your Teeth
OJ Jeremy Keith via Flickr CC By 2.0 In a handy video, the American Chemical Society has explained why orange juice (and food in general) tastes like soap after you brush your teeth. The basic gist is that a detergent called sodium lauryl sulfate, found within your toothpaste, blocks the sweet receptors on your tongue and ramps up your bitterness receptors. The ACS has a more detailed explanation below: Next, hopefully they'll tackle the question […]

October 03, 2014

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5:06 PM | Free To Good Home: 145 Wild Bison
Oh give me a home... U.S. Department of Agriculture, via Flickr CC By 2.0 If you’ve ever wanted to adopt a bison, now’s your chance. Reuters is reporting that Yellowstone National Park is giving away 145 bison to conservation organizations in five different states—including the Bronx and Queens zoos in New York, the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.  The America bison (whose scientific name, we’re delighted […]

October 01, 2014

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9:15 PM | Werid Crystal Can Absorb All The Oxygen In A Room -- And Then Release It Later
Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark say they’ve invented a crystal that pulls oxygen out of the air and even water. Apparently, just a spoonful of the stuff can suck up all the oxygen in a room.  The Oxygen-Absorbing Material. U. of Southern Denmark The crystal is a salt made from cobalt*, and it appears to be capable of holding oxygen at a concentration that is 160 times higher than the air we breathe. The paper notes that "an excess" of the […]
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9:15 PM | Weird Crystal Can Absorb All The Oxygen In A Room -- And Then Release It Later
Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark say they’ve invented a crystal that pulls oxygen out of the air and even water. Apparently, just a spoonful of the stuff can suck up all the oxygen in a room.  The Oxygen-Absorbing Material. U. of Southern Denmark The crystal is a salt made from cobalt*, and it appears to be capable of holding oxygen at a concentration that is 160 times higher than the air we breathe. The paper notes that "an excess" of the […]

September 30, 2014

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8:30 PM | Video: How Tiny Sea Monkeys Drive Huge Ocean Currents
Remember those old sea monkey kits, with the pictures that made it look like you could raise tiny mermen in a fish tank? My parents never bought me one (despite my best efforts), but apparently a lot of kids were severely disappointed when their freeze-dried eggs hatched and looked like this instead: This Is What Sea Monkeys Actually Look Like. © Hans Hillewaert via Wikimedia Commons Well, it turns out that we may have dramatically underestimated the sea monkey (a.k.a. […]

September 25, 2014

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8:15 PM | Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun
A Star Is Born. Some of Earth's water started out in an interstellar cloud (top left) that later got incorporated into the fledgling solar system. Bill Saxton, NSF/AUI/NRAO Since water is one of the vital ingredients for life on Earth, scientists want to know how it got here. One theory is that the water in our solar system was created in the chemical afterbirth of the Sun. If that were the case, it would suggest that water might only be common around certain stars […]
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