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Challenger Deep

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “The deepest part of the ocean is called the Challenger Deep and is located beneath the western Pacific Ocean in the southern end of the Mariana Trench, which runs several hundred kilometers southwest of the U.S. territorial island of Guam. Challenger Deep is approximately 11,030 meters [...]

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The Love Competition

Radiolab Blogland recently introduced a short documentary called The Love Competition by Brent Hoff.  The film features seven strangers who each spend five minutes in an fMRI machine with a single, abstract task at hand: to “love someone as hard as they can.”  The person who exhibits the highest level of activity in the regions [...]

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Black Spidery things on Mars

Radiolab Blogland recently posted the piece below titled “Krulwich Wonders: Are Those Spidery Black Things on Mars Dangerous? (Maybe).” Read on! “You are 200 miles directly above the Martian surface—looking down. This image was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Jan. 27, 2010. (The color was added later.) What do we see? Well, sand, mostly [...]

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The Risk of Antibacterial Additives

You may not have heard of triclosan before, but the chemical is all around you. A recent Smithsonian article explains that “The antibacterial substance, which was first developed in the 1960s to prevent bacterial infections in hospitals, has since been incorporated into everything from hand soaps to toothpastes to mouthwashes. Manufacturers see it as a marketing bonus, [...]

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Thanksgiving Cider

Thanksgiving is here! Enjoy the warmth of family, friends, and apple cider. A Powers of Ten recipe is below: 8 – 10 apples According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, as of 2010, worldwide apple production reached over 69 million metric tons (10+07), or 10+10 kilograms.  Out of the top 15 (10+01) [...]

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Ancient Starlight

According to the New York Times, “Ancient starlight, emitted by the first stars in the universe, has been detected using the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Marco Ajello, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues report the finding in the current issue of the journal Science. Dr. Ajello conducted the research while [...]

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Surviving on Volcanic Gas

Discovery News reports that “Wisps of volcanic gas, rather than photosynthesis, may energize rare microbes eking out an existence on the Martian-like flanks of the tallest volcanoes in South America’s Atacama Desert. This newly discovered handful of bacteria, fungi and rudimentary organisms called archaea [roughly 80 micrometers, or 10-5 meters in diameter and 200-600 micrometers, [...]

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The Smell of Fear

It turns out that the smell of fear is real.  A recent article in The New York Times addresses a new study on how the smell of fear effects “family dynamics behavior in Eurasian Rollers–spectacular Jay-sized birds…”  What scientists discovered only reinforces the growing evidence that animals–humans included–can smell each others’ fear.  The odor (which [...]

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A Powers-of-Ten Refreshment

Epicurious recently listed the mojito as one of its favorite summertime beverages.  Consider the ingredients of this Cuban cocktail through a powers-of-ten lens. Fresh lime juice In early 19th century Britain, sailors were required to consume a daily ration of lime juice to prevent scurvy, which is why British Navy men were known as “limeys.”  [...]

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Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars

On August 5, 2012, the Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet in what The New York Times calls “a flawless, triumphant technological tour de force.” It took the rover over eight months to make the 352-million-mile trip (10+08). In a recent video, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) details the final minutes of the rover’s [...]

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