WFIU: A Moment of Science

WFIU: A Moment of Science


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Story Problems For The Birds

Say you load a plane with 2,000 lbs worth of birds. If the birds fly in circles inside the plane, will it be able to take off? Find out on Moment of Science.

From Three Pounds To Fifty Grams

Genetically engineered cassava plants are helping sub-Saharan Africans avoid vitamin B6 deficiencies.

A Sweet Tooth Means A Numb Tongue

In an ideal universe you could scarf cartons of super vanilla swirl ice cream every night after dinner without remorse. In the real world, however, there's a price to pay for such indulgence, and ice cream seems to be the worst offender in terms of calories. Is there a reason why it has to be so very fattening? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

A World Without Insects

Without insects, you'd eliminate certain kinds of fruits and vegetables, and that might make it difficult to put together a picnic lunch. And of course, you'd also miss out on insect products like honey or silk.

As The World Turns

Want to see proof that the Earth is spinning on its axis?

It's Not Easy Being Blue

So if you're lying down, it'll settle down to your back and drain out of your face.

That Orchid Needs A Shower

Not all plants are perfume-worthy. Read about the orchid that smells like body odor.

What Did That Pigeon Say?

Is that weird noise coming from those pigeons' beaks?

How's Your Fastball?

In fact, no matter HOW fast the "fast" ball is moving, it will still fall at the same speed as the ball that just meanders over the edge. Yes, even if the "fast" ball is fired out of a cannon, this will still hold true.

Tiny Thermometers Could Lead To Big Breakthroughs

Thermometers 20,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair may tell us more about humans' molecular biology.

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