Tag Archives: Strange Science

Strange Science: The Voice of a Mummy

Scientists have recently determined what a mummy might have sounded like by 3-D printing a mummy’s vocal cords. Though a single elongated vowel is not much of a conversation, the technology has been used previously to simulate the sound of … Continue reading

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Strange Science: The Question for 42?

If you’re familiar with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, then you know that 42 is “The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.” But the computer that provides this answer can’t also provide the question. Mathematicians, … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Unidentified Flying Drones?

Western Nebraska and Eastern Colorado have been beset by large drones that fly at night. And no one seems to know where they’ve come from. The drones, with wingspans of up to 6 feet, were first spotted around Christmas. They … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Australian Birds of Prey and Fire

Australian ornithologists have found evidence that birds of prey sometimes use fire to drive their prey out of hiding. Aboriginal Australians have stories of birds carrying fire, which modern witnesses have now corroborated. “Black kites (Milvus migrans), whistling kites (Haliastur … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Living Chandelier

An EU inventor has come up with a way to craft a chandelier with algae to clean the air while it lights the room. The chandelier has glass leaves containing algae, which can help to process carbon dioxide and produce … Continue reading

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How Does It Snow When It’s Above Freezing?

Snow is unusual in Seattle, where the staff for MSJ live, because it so rarely gets below freezing here. Sometimes, though, we see snow in the forecast (and actual snowflakes) when the temperature is above freezing. Curious as to how … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Oxygen on Mars

One of the Curiosity rover’s tasks was monitoring the atmospheric composition of Mars, and the data collected has revealed unusual changes in the atmosphere over the course of the Martian year–perhaps the Mars equivalent of seasons! Oxygen, in particular, peaks … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Real Life Kaiju

Kaiju, which means “strange creature” in Japanese, like the ones we see in movies couldn’t possibly be real … or could they? This article talks about the real world inspirations for some of the most popular kaiju from movies, all … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Scale Mail for Modern Protection

A teen scientist in Australia has found a new use for an ancient technology in a very modern setting: using copper scale male to protect women from excess radiation during breast cancer treatments. She took her inspiration from learning that … Continue reading

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Strange Science: The History of Blood Transfusion

We may think of blood transfusion as a very modern scientific development, but as this timeline shows, the use of transfusions in medicine goes back to the seventeenth century, when physicians identified the circulatory system. What follows is a fascinating … Continue reading

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