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Month: February 2016

February 29, 2016 Sizing Up Spiders - Does a fear of spiders warp our perception of their size?
February 26, 2016 Robot Drum Arm - A robotic third arm helps drummers execute previously impossible percussion patterns.
February 25, 2016 Dialects & Society - While the media affect our vocabulary, our accents are a product of our community.
February 24, 2016 Female Songbirds - Female house wrens sing to defend their nest sites from intruders.
February 23, 2016 Giant Armadillos - DNA evidence reveals that the enormous armored glyptodont, an extinct South American mammal, was a close cousin to modern armadillos.
February 22, 2016 Gender Bias & Online Sales - Buyers shell out a lot less in online auctions when the seller is female.
February 19, 2016 Children & Noise - Research suggests that children can’t filter out noise the way adults can, with profound implications for learning.
February 18, 2016 Robo-Roaches - Small, maneuverable robots based on cockroaches could be deployed in disaster zones to find human survivors.
February 17, 2016 Cybathlon - Implantable pulse generators help turn paralyzed patients into bionic athletes.
February 16, 2016 Hands-on Physics - Experiencing physics phenomena first-hand can boost students’ learning of the subject, and leads to changes in the brain.
February 15, 2016 Neandertal Legacy - Neandertals contributed to genetic risk factors for some of today’s health problems and even mood disorders in people of European and Asian descent.
February 14, 2016 Children & Noise - Research suggests that children can’t filter out noise the way adults can, with profound implications for learning.
February 12, 2016 Food Security & Climate Change - Limited growing regions make staple crops like corn, wheat and soy more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
February 11, 2016 Race & Genetics Research - Some researchers argue that the concept of race should be eliminated from genetic studies.
February 10, 2016 Parasites & Chimp Behavior - A microscopic parasite compels chimpanzees toward their worst enemy.
February 9, 2016 Sleep Deprivation & False Confessions - Sleep deprivation may lead people to confess to things they haven’t done.
February 8, 2016 Untying Laces - Why won’t shoelaces stay tied?
February 5, 2016 Breathing Ponds - Little ponds may be significant contributors of greenhouse gases.
February 4, 2016 Singing Fruit Flies - Scientists listen in on fruit fly courtship calls to study the neural underpinnings of communication.
February 3, 2016 Performance Anxiety - Scientists pinpoint regions of the brain that work together to trip us up when we’re being scrutinized.
February 2, 2016 Babylonian Astronomers - Scientists uncover the lost astronomical calculations of the Babylonians.
February 1, 2016 Venus Flytrap Math - The carnivorous Venus flytrap avoids wasting energy digesting non-food items it traps by accident with a bit of math.