Category Archives: Strange Science

Strange Science: Wildlife-Train Collisions

Many animals are killed each year due to being struck by trains or otherwise having their habitat affected by the presence of trains. Little research has been done on how many animals and how to prevent this. But scientists are … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Reassessing Viking Burials

A team of scientists has been reassessing Viking burials from the settlement of Birka in east-central Sweden, and in doing so, have determined that one of the Viking warriors buried there was a high-status female warrior. Thanks to osteology and … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Wine on Mars

Georgian scientists are experimenting with new ways to grow grapevines, with an eye toward eventual vineyards on Mars. As plans solidify for manned expeditions to Mars, some believe that colonies might not be too far in the future, and a … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Medical Technology Informing Artifact Analysis

Medical technology can be used for a multitude of applications, including helping art historians and archaeologists learn more about artifacts. Recently, five pieces of art held by the Art Institute of Chicago were imaged using axial tomography, known to most … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Aloof Cats

Many people, both those who own cats and those who do not, have a belief that cats are anti-social or aloof. Scientists have found, however, that cats are only as aloof toward you as you are toward them. When humans … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Sea Level Rise

While our story this week takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the causes of sea level rise, the reality of sea level rise is a significant problem that scientists are trying to determine how to predict, counteract, and maybe even stop. … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Listening to Earthquake Data

Seismologists have an overabundance of seismic data and not enough time to sift through it all. In order to make their lives a little easier, seismologists at Northwestern University have launched a program called “Earthquake Detective.” Through this program, they’re … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Exploding Grapes

Grapes are pretty cool because they make wine, but did you know that they will also explode if you put them in the microwave (which does not make wine)? If you put even two grapes in the microwave, or a … Continue reading

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Strange Science: The Meteor and the Blood Moon

Amateur and professional astronomers alike got an exciting treat during January’s blood moon–a meteor impacted the surface of the moon while all eyes were on the skies. While scientists say that meteors of the size observe strike the moon about … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Correcting a Photosynthetic Glitch

Plants have gotten too good at photosynthesis, resulting in poorer crop yields, particularly in hotter weather. As climate change drives temperatures higher in parts of the world, scientists are working on a way to engineer a shortcut for plants so … Continue reading

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