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Science Sunday: Falling Through the Earth

Now that Mindy’s teaching everyone about gravity, I thought it would be fun to show the classic gravitational problem, “What happens if you fall though the center of the Earth?” It’s a very common problem, and the math isn’t too difficult. So let’s run through it, shall we? (If you …

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Science Sunday: Bohemian Gravity Explained, or, What is String Theory?

Unless you live under a rock that doesn’t have wifi for some reason, you’ve seen the scientific musical masterpiece that is Bohemian Gravity. Perhaps, after watching that glorious mix of harmonies and science, you were left admiring the beauty of the song, but wondering what, exactly, it was about. Well, …

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Science Sunday: Exoplanets!

It seems like nearly every week there’s a new announcement that astronomers have found another exoplanet, a planet orbiting a different star. Sometimes that planet is a Hot Jupiter, sometimes it’s a Super-Earth, sometimes it’s a planet made entirely of diamond or burning ice. Exoplanets are weird, incredibly diverse, and always fascinating. But there are …

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Science Sunday: UV Light vs Bacteria

While looking for a project for this year’s science expo (or science fair as it is called in the States), I came across the most fascinating thing. Airports use UV light hand-dryers in their restrooms.  Now admittedly I do not frequent airports as I rarely fly anywhere so I have …

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Science Sunday: The Diversity of Flight

As I promised a fortnight ago, the series is continuing at loftier heights. Today, we’re going to tackle flight. Flight is an especially interesting characteristic because it hasn’t evolved just once; there isn’t any common ancestor that we can point to as the one who ties all flying animals together. …

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Science Sunday: Otter Penises & Pollution

For those who don’t pay much attention to furry things in British rivers (and really, why would you?) you might be interested to hear that the otter population in my homeland is on the way up and recovering from their rapid decline in the 1970s. Now, what seems to have …

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Science Sunday: The Diversity of Locomotion

As promised, here is the post about locomotion in the animal kingdom. For the purpose of not making this into a never-ending wall of text, I’m limiting the concept of locomotion to movement along the ground. Now, moving along the ground might seem a bit boring. I mean, we do …

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Science Sunday: The Diversity of Eyes

Continuing from last week’s Science Sunday, we’re going to keep looking at some of the ways that species differ in interesting, and sometimes baffling ways. Today’s subject will be a bit less sexy, however, as we’re going to talk about eyes. For us humans, the vision usually represents 80 percent …

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