Moving Beyond Matter

Why?  Why go to Pluto?  Are we looking for a new place to live?  Mars is the closest planet to us away from the Sun.  We’ve sent probes and rovers there and gathered all kinds of information on it.  Mars doesn’t seem like the nicest place to live.  The Sun is the life force of…

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The Power of Perfume

Well guys, perfume may not be a bad choice for a Valentine’s gift.  Several scientific studies have indicated that women have a better sense of smell than men.  Findings also indicate that women consider smell the single most important variable in mate choice. Certainly odour is a key factor when it comes to romance in…

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Finding Our Galaxy’s Black Hole

We have long suspected that at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy is a massive black hole.  It’s tough to check this out directly, since flying there in a fast jet would take seventeen thousand million years.  Besides, we’d never make it back, because black holes suck in mass and emit no light.  That’s…

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How Has Space Research Helped Me?

Every time the budget for a shuttle mission is mentioned, somebody fumes about the need to solve problems here on Earth. We frequently overlook the down-to-earth fringe benefits of space research. Direct benefits include satellites for weather forecasting, and global communication via phone and television. There are numerous valuable spin-offs. The satellite programmes for atmospheric…

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Acid Stomach

One of the wonders of our digestive system is the way our stomach wall resists chemical attack. The stomach can dissolve beef and gristle that is far tougher than the stomach wall itself. The average adult stomach holds about three litres of gastric fluid, which comes from glands in the lining of the stomach. Gastric…

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Make No Bones About It

The combined strength, flexibility and lightness of our bones outdoes all our synthetic building materials.  A shin bone can bear thirty times the weight of the person standing on it.  A piece of iron is no stronger, but has the disadvantage of being far too heavy and rigid to take the stresses of the body…

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Ivan Pavlov

Ivan Pavlov was a Russian scientist whose work bridged the disciplines of physiology and psychology. Although he was by training a doctor, his most significant contribution lay in the field of behavioral psychology. After working as an experimental researcher, Pavlov became head of the department of physiology at Russia’s Institute of Experimental Medicine. Pavlov received…

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The Astonishing Elements of Life

The Chemistry of Life: Evidence of Intelligent Design? Each of the millions of chemical compounds, made from the 100 different building blocks, the elements, has its own unique properties. Even simple molecules like water, show evidence of being designed for life.Considering what similar substances are like, water is a surprising liquid that has the special…

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Discovery of Phosphorus

German alchemist Hennig Brand discovered phosphorous in 1669 when he strongly heated the residue left by the evaporation of urine. He observed the striking blue-green light that is emitted by phosphorus vapour when it comes in contact with air. The urine residue contained organic compounds and phosphate. When it was heated, the organic compounds were…

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Facing the Wind – Daffodil Style

If you watch a daffodil in the wind you will notice its head down and its face turned away from the wind.  The daffodil’s ability to turn its back to the wind is found in the unique shape of its stem.  The lemon-shaped cross section of a daffodil stem enables it to twist away from…

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