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    Strange Science: Schroedinger’s Bacterium?

    by  • December 7, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    E. coli bacteria

    In a discovery that seems like it might have come from the pages of fiction, scientists have discovered possible evidence of quantum-entangled bacteria. Or have they? The experiment involved bacteria placed between mirrors and bombarded with photons. But some of the photons simultaneously hit and missed the bacteria. Ultimately, “some of the light interacted...

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    Strange Science: Radium Water

    by  • November 30, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Radithor bottle

    In the early twentieth century, before the days of energy drinks, people turned to an unusual source to give themselves more energy–radium water. Marie and Pierre Curie had discovered the radioactive element known as radium in 1898. It had its earliest applications as a part of self-luminous paints for watches, nuclear panels, aircraft switches, clocks,...

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    Strange Science: Ripening Fruit

    by  • November 16, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Bananas

    Many fruits have a literal sweet spot–that point when they’re just the right amount of ripe to taste their most delicious. Eat them before then, or after then, and you might be disappointed. Ethylene is the naturally occurring chemical that causes fruit to ripen, and it can be accelerated by damaging the fruit or...

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    Strange Science: Suppression of Fear

    by  • November 9, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Diagram of a human brain

    Scientists at Texas A&M University have recently identified a portion of the brain in rats that inhibits fear, which may ultimately lead to new ways to treat conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The nucleus reuniens, a small brain region in the thalamus, was previously believed to primarily function as a pathway for the transmission...

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    Strange Science: Bees and Eclipses

    by  • October 26, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Bumble bee

    The 2017 North American eclipse was a boon for more than just astronomers interested in studying the eclipse. For entomologists, they took the opportunity to study the behavior of bees during an eclipse, and learned something interesting: when the world went dark, the bees went still and quiet. Bees are diurnal, meaning that they...

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    Strange Science: Human Mutation

    by  • October 19, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Mutant smash!

    Just how far-fetched are superheroes? What about mutants? The answer is: maybe not as out there as you think! While humans might not develop the power of flight or telekinesis, there are a number of physical and mental mutations that aren’t too far off from powers possessed by superheroes. This article lists a number...

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    Strange Science: Self-Organizing Mouse Stem Cells

    by  • October 12, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Mice

    Mice are frequently used in laboratory settings, but now it’s their stem cells that are being studied, rather than their behaviors. Scientists in Switzerland have found that if stem cells from mice are placed into a growth-promoting broth, they will organize themselves into a banana-like shape–far more organized than the scientists had originally thought...

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    Strange Science: Molecular Gastronomy

    by  • October 5, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    A different sort of eggs Benedict

    When you hear the words “molecular gastronomy,” you probably think of something like the picture to the left, where it’s all about weird combinations and fancy plating. Molecular gastronomy is, in reality, the science of investigating the physical and chemical changes in ingredients when they are cooked. Or, in other words, the science behind...

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