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    Strange Science: Butterflies That Thrive at Military Installations

    by  • August 16, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Karner blue butterfly

    Scientists have found that once-endangered butterfly species are thriving at military installations, and the explanation behind it is truly unexpected. Historically, these butterflies were present in areas where roaming animals and intentional fires kept the plant life managed in such a way that the butterflies could thrive. As humans took over these areas, preventing...

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    Strange Science: Aqua Regia

    by  • August 2, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Dissolution of gold in aqua regia

    Our story this week uses aqua regia to transport gold unnoticed. But that’s not a fictional element of the story! Aqua regia is more commonly used to remove impurities from gold, but it’s entirely possible for gold to be dissolved in acid and then restored later. This article gives a great explanation of what...

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    Strange Science: Light in Slow Motion

    by  • July 26, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Flare of light on a dark background

    Scientists have developed a camera that can capture moving light in slow motion, by taking 10 trillion frames per second! The setup is actually a pair of cameras–one “streak” camera and one stationary camera–and it doesn’t actually capture all 10 trillion frames. But it captures enough frames to allow for scientists to then examine...

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    Strange Science: Prehistoric Island Construction

    by  • July 12, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Loch Lomond

    Archaeologists studying crannogs, constructed islands in the Scottish lochs, have found evidence that suggests that these islands are far older than originally believed. Originally, the crannogs had been dated to approximately 800 B.C. Newer investigations point to an origin of roughly 3640-3360 B.C., or more than 5,500 years ago. The crannogs are constructed from...

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    Strange Science: Siberian Unicorns

    by  • June 28, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Artist interpretation of a siberian unicorn in bright colors

    Back in 2012, we published a story about carnivorous unicorns. While the Elasmotherium sibericum was an herbivore, it may have been just as cool as, if not cooler than, these fictitious carnivorous unicorns. The E. sibericum was more closely related to the modern-day rhinoceros than a horse, but it had a prominent horn that...

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    Strange Science: The Baffling Field of Machine Learning

    by  • June 21, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Illustration of electronic neurons in the shape of a brain

    Machine learning and artificial intelligence are advancing dramatically these days, but some scientists within the field refer to these new developments as a bit like alchemy. There are a number of issues that caused this comparison: an inability to explain why some algorithms work and others don’t, results that can’t be consistently replicated, and...

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    Strange Science: 3D Printed Heart

    by  • June 14, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    3D printed tissue simulation

    Scientists at Tel Aviv University in Israel have successfully 3D printed a heart using human tissue. This heart has cells, blood vessels, ventricles, and chambers, making it a theoretically functional heart. The materials for this 3D printed heart were taken from a biopsy of fatty tissue, which then had to be processed in order to...

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