Category Archives: Scientific

What is Synthetic Gas?

Good news for the environment: recently a startup company in Chile, Highly Innovative Fuels (HIF), opened its first synthetic gasoline production facility. HIF was organized to run the plant, which is a collaboration among Porsche, Siemens Energy, Exxon Mobil, Enel Green Power, the Chilean state energy company ENAP, and Empresas Gasco. The plant will begin operating

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Can Creatures Have Culture?

Biology has posed an interesting question: Why are there two pods of orcas, or killer whales, that live off the coast of the American Northwest — one off British Columbia’s Vancouver Island and one further south off Washington State — that are of the same species but show different behaviors? The Vancouver orcas like to

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Giving Parasites Their Due

In the spirit of Halloween, have you ever heard of the Meguro Parasitological Museum? If you haven’t, that’s understandable. First, it’s a private research facility specializing in parasites. Second, it’s in the Meguro Ward in central Tokyo, Japan. Founded in 1953 by Dr. Satoru Kamegai, the collection boasts over 45,000 immersed and prepared parasite specimens, including

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Which Animal Has The Biggest Brain?

Thanks to our intelligence, we humans have positioned ourselves at the top of the food chain. But which animal actually has the biggest brain? In another example of how size matters, the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) has the largest brain, which weighs in at 18 pounds (8 kilograms), on average. Compared to our three-pound brains, that’s huge. We

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Why Great Ideas Come in the Shower

If you’ve ever had some of your best ideas while showering, it’s not an accident. There’s actually a scientific reason for it. Basically, any activity that can be done automatically frees your mind to be creative. This can be walking your dog, taking a shower, or anything that doesn’t require much thought. “People always get

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