Author Archives: Tim Palmieri

Why Do Bananas Change Color?

Bananas undergo chemical and physical changes to become more appealing.

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If You Think It’s Love, Switch to Decaf: How We Misinterpret Emotional Arousal

Psychology shows a great date might be more than just a walk in the park.

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Scaly Plastic Snakeskins Inch Immobile Robots Forward

These stretchy skins help robots move across rough surfaces, and potentially promote exploration and environmental monitoring.

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What Is the Bystander Effect?

If you suffer a heart attack in a crowd, you would be less likely to get help than if there were only one or two people around you.

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Why Do Curling Stones Curl?

Curling at the highest level requires careful calculations and a little finesse with physics.

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New Volcano Survey Accounts for Materials Ejected from a Volcano

Researchers used autonomous and remotely operated underwater vehicles to survey the Havre volcano in the Pacific Ocean, leading to a new discovery about submarine volcano deposits.

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Bonobos Prefer "Jerks" over Helpers

A new study shows joining “jerks” provides unexpected benefits for bonobos.

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Spincredible Dreidel Tips and Tricks

Become a dreidel “spinologist” and compete for the longest time of spin.

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Dwarf Mongooses Struggle to Fit In and Dig In

These mammals cannot eat a lot of food when they are on their own, and spend months integrating into new groups before gaining weight.

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Snap, Crackle, Whop–How to Win the Wishbone

Don’t crack under pressure! Explore the scientific—and sometimes sleazy—secrets to win a wish at this year’s Thanksgiving wishbone pull.

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The Pitfalls of Growing a Monster Pumpkin

Squashing the competition at a giant pumpkin weigh-off requires patience, persistence—and a little bit of luck. ​

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The Secret Social Life of a Solitary Puma

Hidden cameras caught these cats sharing prey with their neighbors, suggesting pumas have a more complex society than previously believed.

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