• Posts Tagged ‘Strange Science’

    Strange Science: Kangaroos in Austria?

    by  • September 14, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Popular t-shirt in Austria explaining "No Kangaroos in Austria"

    Kangaroos live in Australia, not Austria. But since 2015, there have been four incidents of kangaroos being spotted in Austria, far from their native lands. Some of the kangaroos spotted in Austria have been pets that got loose. (Who knew that people in Austria kept kangaroos as pets?) And one of them came from...

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    Strange Science: Bees as Interior Designers?

    by  • September 7, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Bees on a flower

    Scientists in Turkey and Iran have identified a species of bees that creates nests for their eggs out of mud and flower petals, making beautiful small cocoons in which their young grow! The Osmia (Ozbekosima) avoseta bee constructs these delicate cocoons, fills them with nutrients for their offspring, and then seals a single egg into each...

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    Strange Science: Fun Facts about Stars

    by  • August 24, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration does more than just launch spaceships. They also do a significant amount of research on our solar system and beyond. One of their key fields of research is on stars. In addition to giving some basic information about the formation of stars, the NASA website also talks about...

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    Strange Science: Superbug Yeast

    by  • August 17, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Candida auris in a petri dish

    Scientists are currently faced with a yeast that is behaving like a bacteria, making it difficult to fight with the drugs currently available. Candida auris is a yeast and a fungus, but its behavior is atypical. Normally yeasts need warm, moist spaces to thrive. This particular yeast can thrive outside of the body, on skin...

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    Strange Science: Massive Black Sarcophagus Found

    by  • August 10, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Recently unearthed black granite sarcophagus

    Archaeologists in Alexandria, Egypt, recently located a massive black granite sarcophagus likely from the Ptolemaic period (roughly 2,000 years ago). The sarcophagus was uncovered while preparing a site for a new building, but now researchers are faced with several problems. The sarcophagus is massive, “at 185 cm (72.8 inches) tall, 265 cm (104.3 inches) long,...

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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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