Chimpanzees are known for their booming and melodic “pant hoot” vocalizations that echo throughout the rainforest. But few are aware of another equally important and fascinating means of chimpanzee communication—stylistic drumming on buttress roots of trees with their feet. The significance of this drumming has eluded scientists for decades. New research, however, has revealed that these symphonic displays serve not only as a show of physical prowess, but as a tool for long-distance communication.
Quick question: What is the largest organ of the human body? If you said ‘the skin’, give yourself a +1. The skin, consisting of the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous fat layer (hypodermis), is the largest organ of the human body…and arguably one of the most vital to your survival.
In a recent article, scientists outlined some critical functions of the skin. They are: diagnosis of disease, olfactory function, elasticity, temperature regulation, protection and immunity.
Some children look like one parent, while others look like both parents; some siblings practically look like identical twins, while other siblings couldn’t look more different. Why are some genes passed down through generations, while others aren’t? Ask a geneticist.
PAVING AMERICA’S ROADWAYS WITH SOLAR PANELS
It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie— driving an electric car that’s illuminated by a highway and also generates electricity, melts ice and snow and displays messages. Such a cruise may one day be possible with Solar Roadways. Continue reading “DRIVING INTO A GREENER FUTURE” »
Weather seems to dominate our conversation these days- too cold, too hot, way to much snow! So here’s a couple of the latest headlines around the weather! Let’s talk about Milky Rain, the SpaceX Rocket, and is that the universe smiling at us?
An estimated $30 billion in illegal cash crosses U.S. borders into Mexico annually. Border Patrol has the daunting job of finding it before it leaves, and last year, U.S. officials seized $106 million. The Department of Homeland Security recently put out a public call for currency detection devices. KWJ Engineering responded with a money-sniffing instrument. The Bulk Currency Detection System (BCDS) relies upon gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS).
How much time are the kids in your life spending on console or PC games each day?
Have you told them that they are poisoning their minds? Are you right?
How will you spend your winter break? Do your plans include watching a lot of football?
For football fanatics, fantasy football players and coaches alike, it’s a dream come true — RFID tracking chips that transmit real-time statistics on a player position, speed, direction, distance and force of impact directly to game broadcasters. Continue reading “Football Statistics in Real Time?” »
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It’s the gooey, messy, sticky, green substance that fell from the sky in Dr. Seuss’ book Bartholomew and the Oobleck.