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    Strange Science: Flying Spiders

    by  • July 27, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Small spider in a circular web

    Warning, today’s post contains spiders. Young spiders often use strands of their silk to “balloon” from place to place, but scientists have recently discovered that spiders are also able to use electrical fields to travel vast distances, sometimes hundreds of miles. Thunderstorms cause an electrical field that spans the globe, giving the upper atmosphere...

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    Strange Science: Regions of the Brain Involved in Dreaming

    by  • July 20, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Diagram of a human brain

    Science has long believed that in the human brain, dreams largely occurred  during the rapid eye-movement (REM) phase of sleep, but scientists studying dreams recently have learned that different types of dreams occur in different parts of the brain, and at different times in the sleep cycle. Specifically, they learned that “dreaming about faces...

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    Strange Science: Top News from 2017 Regarding Heart Disease and Stroke Research

    by  • July 13, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Heart Valves

    Each year, the American Heart Association compiles a list of the latest news regarding heart disease and stroke research. While a good portion of the research is related to medications and studies of various populations and heart disease, some of the research is also quite novel. Nature magazine published an article about genome editing...

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    Strange Science: The Secrets of Alchemy

    by  • July 6, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Alchemy of Happiness

    A chemist at Johns Hopkins University is working to decipher alchemical formulas to determine what secrets alchemists might have once known that have been lost to time. While alchemy may seem like pseudoscience to some, Lawrence Principe has set about recreating some alchemical formulas, reaching the results that alchemists did. Part of the trick...

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    Strange Science: Sleeping Trees

    by  • June 29, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Cyprus trees

    By surveying trees via a 3-D technique known as terrestrial laser scanning, scientists have determined that trees have sleep cycles. These sleep cycles have to do with the transport of water from the ground into the leaves, something that was previously believed to be a constant process. However, these Danish and Hungarian scientists have...

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    Strange Science: Sonic Attacks?

    by  • June 15, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Depiction of sound waves

    In 2016, U.S. diplomats in Cuba claimed to have been attacked with some sort of sonic weapon. And just recently, a U.S. employee in China made similar claims. However, scientists who study sound and its impacts doubt that these incidents were actually attacks, and further suggest that the effects on these people probably weren’t a...

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