Category Archives: Strange Science

Strange Science: Volcanoes and Phyloplankton

The recent eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii had a devastating impact on the island. However, it appears that the lava that reached the Pacific Ocean may have created conditions ideal for a phyloplankton boom in the ocean. The … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Gel on the Dark Side of the Moon?

News came out recently that the Chinese lunar probe had located a mysterious shiny gel on the dark side of the moon. But as other scientists looked into this claim, it seems that it may have been a translation error. … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Using Nail Art to Talk about Science

One young scientist is using her love of nail art as a way to bring science to other young women and folks who are interested in nail art. Luisa Torres’ interest in nail art started separate from her interest in … Continue reading

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Strange Science: UV Rays for Sterilizing Transplants

Researchers in Brazil are using ultraviolet rays to help eliminate or reduce viruses and bacteria in donated organs before those organs are transplanted into recipients. When organs are prepared for a typical transplant, the donor’s blood is removed from the … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Connections between Music and Science

There are many connections between music and science, and the Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge website has loads of articles on these connections, including things like sound waves and acoustics, why the holes on violins are shaped the way they are, and … Continue reading

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Strange Science: A Reinterpretation of Saber-Tooth Cats

Paleontologists working with fossilized saber-tooth cat remains found preserved in the La Brea tar pits in California have determined that some of what we previously believed about these prehistoric big cats may be incorrect. Many illustrations of saber-tooth cats show … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Waterfall Formation

By simulating a river in a lab, scientists have learned that sometimes waterfalls can be created spontaneously. Previously, geologists believed that outside factors were required for the formation of a waterfall. Events like an earthquake might cause a shift in … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Butterflies That Thrive at Military Installations

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 … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Love and Turning Stomachs Inside Out?

You’ve probably heard of oxytocin, commonly called the “love hormone” in humans. But did you know that in starfish, oxytocin causes them to turn their stomachs inside out and feed? Scientists find this fact to be a little unusual, because … Continue reading

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Strange Science: 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 … Continue reading

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