• Posts Tagged ‘Strange Science’

    Strange Science: Super-Chilled Helium and Universe Formation

    by  • May 17, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Tube containing ultrapure helium, which glows a purple-pink color

    Researchers at Aalto University’s Low Temperature Laboratory have documented “walls bound by strings” in superfluid helium-3. Because helium remains a liquid even at absolute zero, and because it becomes a superfluid at other low temperatures, it has the potential to flow forever with zero viscosity. This allows the researchers to form “half-quantum vortices—whirlpools in...

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    Strange Science: Reassessing Viking Burials

    by  • April 26, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Viking burial mounds in Gamla Uppsala

    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 genetic analysis, coupled with archaeological analysis of the grave goods, this team is reaching...

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    Strange Science: Wine on Mars

    by  • April 19, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Vineyard with two rows of vines flanking a narrow path

    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 number of companies and countries are looking for ways to contribute. The country of...

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    Strange Science: Aloof Cats

    by  • April 5, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Orange and white tabby cat showing her belly and looking at the camera

    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 interact with cats, the cats tend to then continue to interact with those humans....

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    Strange Science: Sea Level Rise

    by  • March 29, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    High water overtaking a broken section of pavement

    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. Since 1880, sea levels have risen about 8 inches, which doesn’t seem that dramatic,...

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    Strange Science: Listening to Earthquake Data

    by  • March 22, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Large crack in road surface caused by earthquake

    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 able to get non-scientists to help them process the data. The trick is in...

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