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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Editor's note: It's National Popcorn Day! We're celebrating by bringing back this tale, first published in 2014, about the history of the beloved snack.
Popcorn is a truly ancient snack. Archaeologists have uncovered popcorn kernels that are 4,000 years old. They were so well-preserved, they could still pop.
Friday, January 08, 2016
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
Watch a scary movie and your skin crawls. Goose bumps have become so associated with fear that the word is synonymous with thrills and chills.
But what on earth does scary have do to with chicken-skin bumps? For a long time, it wasn't well understood.
Physiologically, it's fairly simple. Adrenaline ...
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
When it comes to feats of speed and strength, Homo sapiens is a pretty pitiful species. The list of animals that can outsprint us is embarrassing. There's the cheetah, of course, but also horses, ostriches, greyhounds, grizzly bears, kangaroos, wild boars, even some house cats.
Usain Bolt, the fastest ...
Monday, October 05, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Hundreds of you sent in questions for Skunk Bear's live conversation with three astronauts and NASA's chief scientist on Tuesday. Thanks! The most common question was: "What happens when you get your period in space?"
I didn't end up asking them this question because:
a) The question itself ...
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
In the history of life on Earth, evolutionary forces have pushed some species to become incredibly large. After most dinosaurs died off 66 million years ago, some mammals and marsupials grew bigger and bigger, taking the dinos' place.
What's so great about living large? A size advantage can help you ...
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Tuesday morning, the New Horizons space probe zipped past Pluto going 30,000 miles per hour. It carries the ashes of the man who discovered the dwarf planet, along with several spectrometers to analyze Pluto's surface and one telescopic camera.
That camera has been busy for the past decade, snapping ...
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
In the week after Easter, we had a lot of old Peeps lying around. No one seemed that interested in eating them, so we used them to measure the speed of light.
For centuries the speed of light was an enduring, infuriating mystery. Philosophers, physicists and astronomers from Galileo on ...
Friday, March 06, 2015
Monday, March 02, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Lonesome George was a celebrity tortoise. Millions of humans made the pilgrimage to see him while he lived, and his death was international news.
He wasn't particularly large for a Galapagos giant tortoise — just 5 feet long with his neck stretched out, and only 200 pounds. He ...
Thursday, December 04, 2014
When half a million songbirds didn't show up at their usual roosting spot this summer, I went looking for them. My search took me to the back roads of South Carolina, where I saw firsthand evidence of Shakespeare's influence on American ecology, met a society of strangely enthusiastic landlords, and ...
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Decorative gourd season has arrived, and we decided to celebrate by investigating the science and history of pumpkins.
Do you know what happens when you feed ostriches pumpkin seeds? Or when the first pumpkin beer was brewed? Or what to call a zucchini-pumpkin hybrid? Watch our new video to find ...
Friday, October 03, 2014
Beer is a collaboration between two species — a multicellular animal called a human and a single-celled fungus called yeast. Both descended from the same single-celled organism.
It took time for each of them to evolve — more than a billion years — but once they did, it wasn't long ...