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April 14, 2014

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5:30 PM | Elusive Baby Dwarf Octopuses Hatch in Captivity We don’t...
Elusive Baby Dwarf Octopuses Hatch in Captivity We don’t know that much about young Caribbean Dwarf octopuses, due to their fragility (they frequently die in captivity) and their elusiveness.. Now, scientists’ knowledge of the cephalopods should get a shot in the arm, because 50 baby octopuses hatched in an aquarium…fully formed. Kim Horcher and Christina Ochoa (Scirens and Chaotic Awesome) discuss the unusual octopods. Read more: […]

April 13, 2014

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4:40 PM | Is This the Future of Alternative Wind Energy? The makers of...
Is This the Future of Alternative Wind Energy? The makers of Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) think they’ve got the next step in alternative wind energy, without the large grounded turbines. The BAT is a high-altitude mobile wind-powered generator, that’s able to convert the more powerful wind currents into a substantial amount of electricity. It can also hoist cellular transmitters and meteroological equipment. It sounds great, but the BAT isn’t perfect…right? Kim […]

April 12, 2014

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5:20 PM | The Science of Dancing Animals Yes, really. You’ve seen...
The Science of Dancing Animals Yes, really. You’ve seen animals swaying and rocking to music in online videos, but can they truly dance on their own to different kinds of music? This means no human intervention, training, or mimicry- the rhythmic moving must be autonomous. The list gets narrowed down by a lot, but experiments showed that 2 species seem to be able to dance. Why? What purpose does dancing even actually serve? Kim Horcher and Christina Ochoa (Scirens and Chaotic Awesome) […]

April 11, 2014

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4:40 PM | The ‘Chicken from Hell’ Fowl-Looking Dinosaur The...
The ‘Chicken from Hell’ Fowl-Looking Dinosaur The bones of Anzu wyliei, called “the chicken from hell,” a large, bird-like dinosaur puzzled scientists for years…until now. Now, the fossil evidence of 3 partial skeletons is giving the researchers a clearer picture of what the clawed oviraptorosaurs looked like. Are people’s conceived ideas of how dinosaurs and ancient creatures looked completely wrong? Kim Horcher, Tim Frisch, and Andrew Fogel discuss. Read […]

April 10, 2014

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4:40 PM | Will Mars Colonists Go Insane? Mars One has plans to send human...
Will Mars Colonists Go Insane? Mars One has plans to send human colonists to Mars one day, but if and when those people get to the red planet, will the pressures of being completely cut off from the people they knew on earth drive them insane? Mars One plans to test their candidates likelihood of maintaining sanity in a situation that reads like a Twilight Zone episode. Kim Horcher, Tim Frisch, and Kristen Nedopak (The Geekie Awards) discuss! Read more: […]

April 09, 2014

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4:40 PM | Don’t Believe the Rats & The Black Death Revelation...
Don’t Believe the Rats & The Black Death Revelation Hype! Recently there have been many headlines saying rats and fleas were not to blame for spreading the catastrophic Black Death that plagued Europe in the years 1348—50. But this is not necessarily true! Why has the information spread so prevalently? And what’s the difference between bubonic, pneumonic, and septicimic plague? Kim Horcher and Christina Ochoa (Scirens and Chaotic Awesome) discuss! Read more from Popular […]

April 08, 2014

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4:40 PM | How Sounds Change How You Taste Food! Oxford University...
How Sounds Change How You Taste Food! Oxford University researchers found a tasty connection between food and sounds- certain sounds can enhance bitter or sweet taste, and that isn’t all we’re discussing about synesthesia. Why do people drink tomato juice on airplanes? How do the other senses cross over each other? Kim Horcher, Tim Frisch, and Boyan Radakovich (game creator: Pirate Den, former neuroscientist) discuss. Read more from The Guardian: […]
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