Tag Archives: Strange Science

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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Strange Science: Giant Penguins

A paleontologist in New Zealand has found fossilized penguin bones that indicate the existence of a penguin as tall as a human. Crossvallia waiparensis is the name given to this newly discovered species, which features leg bones that indicate this … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Black Hole Destroys Star

Astronomers at Ohio State University recently captured data about what happens when a black hole destroys a star. The astronomers say that a black hole actually destroying a star is a rare phenomenon, for which the conditions must be perfect. … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Protecting Cows from Biting Flies

Japanese researchers have conducted an experiment on protecting cows from biting flies. They’ve found that by painting cows with zebra-like stripes, the biting flies are dissuaded from biting the cows. Animal scientists believe that zebras may have evolved to have … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Accidental Discoveries

Some of the most fascinating things in the scientific world are the accidental discoveries. Things we take for granted, like microwaves and Play-Doh are included among the many things that experimenters did not set out to create, but realized the … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Scientifically Accurate Zombies?

Zombies are a staple in horror fiction and media, but there are a number of ways in which zombies could be real, based on science. This article from SyFy talks about several scenarios in which zombies might actually rise up, … Continue reading

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