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    Strange Science: Coral Regrowth

    by  • February 15, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Coral outcrop on Flynn Reef

    Sometimes, accidents make for great science! In this case, a scientist cleaning coral out of a tank accidentally broke the coral. However, in three weeks, each of the dozen pieces of broken coral had grown to the size of the original coral. The broken coral had originally taken three years to grow to its size,...

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    Strange Science: Plants Listen to Animals

    by  • February 1, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Bee on a flower

    It’s long been believed that plants don’t hear and are also silent. But scientists at Tel Aviv University believe they’ve found evidence that plants can hear and create sound. In the first case, plants listen for the sounds of pollinators and respond by making their nectar sweeter (using flowers as “ears”). In the later...

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    Strange Science: Weaponizing Insects

    by  • January 18, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Calliphora sp

    Our Monday story from Rick Tobin hypothesized about weaponizing insects, but he recently ran across an article that suggests that some believe that the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could be doing just that. DARPA spearheads a program called Insect Allies, through which insects are used to carry genetically modified viruses...

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    Strange Science: Magnetic Refrigeration

    by  • January 11, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Open refrigerator

    Modern refrigerators use coolants that can be environmentally unfriendly and hazardous to human and animal life. But German scientists are working on ways to keep food and other things cold through the use of magnetism rather than coolants. These scientists are exploring possibilities based on the magnetic memory of various alloys. Some metals can...

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    Strange Science: World-Wide Waves

    by  • January 4, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Map of Mayotte

    Seismic activity in one location often has effects on other locations, as certain seismic waves travel over great distances. What’s more unusual is when this sort of seismic wave travels the world without a precipitating seismic event. On November 11, 2018, seismic waves originating off the coast of Mayotte, a tiny island between Mozambique...

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    Strange Science: Lava Floors

    by  • December 21, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Lava from a 1954 eruption. Not the floor.

    Sometimes, our Strange Science goes a little weirder than other weeks. This week is one of those. We started out by asking ourselves how “the floor is lava” became a thing. The first answer we found was related to a 1948 Roald Dahl story, in which the floor was actually red hot coals and...

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    Strange Science: Solar Power in the Form of a Liquid

    by  • December 14, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Molecules

    Long-term storage for solar energy may be a thing of the past, based on new developments coming out of Sweden. Swedish scientists have improved a molecule consisting of carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen, which rearranges its atomic bonds and becomes an isomer when it absorbs sunlight. Unlike conventional solar panels, which aren’t capable of storing...

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