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Originally published: Aug 25 2014 - 10:30am, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Katharine Gammon, Contributor(Inside Science) -- Woodpeckers are some of the most industrious birds in nature. Their intense tapping -- all an elaborate effort to procure food -- can happen as rapidly as 20 pecks per second, with each strike transmitting a seemingly brain-rattling force of up to 1,200 times the force of gravity at Earth's surface.Yet, despite those repetitive impacts, woodpeckers typically show none of […]
The Egyptian pyramids are some amazing works of engineering. The biggest, the Great Pyramid at Giza, held the record for nearly 3,800 years as the tallest man-made structure in the world. What's astounding is that each limestone and granite block weighing up to eighty tons had to be dragged from quarries miles away, then hoisted up to 400 feet before finally being laid in place. Two of the pyramids at Giza. Image: Ed Yourdon via WikimediaCommonsDoing that for one stone takes an […]
Aspirin’s Form I has a structure that is more robust all-around, whereas Form II is strongest along one axis and weaker on others, making the second version less stable.Scientists in Berlin have just cracked the case on a recently-raised question about one of the world’s most popular medicines: aspirin. By taking into account previously-overlooked forces, which only have significant effects at distances not much greater than the size of an atom, the team was able to explain why […]
Before Neil deGrasse Tyson; before Bill Nye; before Beakman and Mr. Wizard; before Carl Sagan—there was Dr. Research.On the set of Our Mr. Sun (from left), Academy-Award winning director Frank Capra, leading Frank C. Baxter ("Dr. Research") and Eddie Albert (the first "Fiction Writer"). Image courtesy of Wesleyan Cinema Archives, via Eric Neiderost"Dr. Research" (real name Dr. Frank Baxter), was the star of the Bell Science Series, from 1953 to 1964. The Bell series was the first […]
Originally published: Aug 7 2014 - 2:00pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Charles Q. Choi, Contributor(Inside Science) -- Disappointed that your Transformers action figures can't transform themselves? Researchers have created real-life transformer robots that can fold themselves from sheets into walking pieces of motorized origami.Image credit: Seth Kroll, Wyss InstituteThese new inventions could one day lead to sophisticated machines that can be shipped in flat boxes like IKEA-style furniture […]
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