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BTEC-bioreactor

Oct 21, 2020

How to Make and Distribute a Vaccine

BTEC's Jennifer Pancorbo talks to The Abstract about vaccine production and distribution. 

seedlings

May 28, 2020

No Seeds, No Problem: Growing Vegetables From Scraps

Tips for starting a garden using the vegetables you bought for dinner. 

face of frankenstein's monster

May 21, 2020

How Long Can Viruses Survive in a Dead Body?

Ancient diseases, dead bodies, and why some viruses are tougher than others. 

man wearing a facemask

May 12, 2020

Why Don’t Antibodies Guarantee Immunity?

What are antibodies? Why are they important? If we have them, are we immune to COVID-19? If not, why not? 

three scientists with an electrofisher mounted on a small boat

Jan 16, 2020

How Do You Count Fish in a Creek?

How do scientists count fish in the wild? 

two bottles of infused oil

Dec 4, 2019

How to Infuse Oils, Vinegars, Liquor or Honey (Without Making People Barf)

Food safety tips for making hand-crafted gifts of infused oils, etc. 

Student walks to Talley Student Union in the rain.

Jun 19, 2019

What Does ‘Chance of Rain’ Actually Mean?

When forecasters say there’s a “10% chance of precipitation,” what does it mean? 

silhouette of Uranus

Apr 2, 2019

What Does Uranus Sound Like?

What would it sound like if you were on Uranus? Windy. (Seriously.) 

stink bug

Feb 28, 2019

Why Do Stink Bugs Stink?

Why do stink bugs stink? How do they make that smell? Are stink bugs dangerous? 

industrial hemp plants

Feb 14, 2019

Is Hemp The Same Thing As Marijuana?

What's the difference between marijuana and hemp? 

Dog cuddling with man.

Feb 14, 2019

How do pets show love?

We’d all like to think that our pets love us as much as we love them, but how can we know? How exactly could pets show love, anyway? Are they cuddling with us out of affection or because they want dinner? Those are good questions. And it turns out that we know a lot about… 

photo of a pressure cooker

Feb 13, 2019

Why Does Food Cook Faster In A Pressure Cooker?

How do pressure cookers work? 

tired runner crossing finish line

Jan 28, 2019

What Happens When You Run on a Full Stomach?

Don't expect to set any land speed records if you're running on a full stomach. 

eggs on a griddle

Jan 16, 2019

Why Do Egg Whites Turn White When You Cook Them?

Why do egg whites turn white? Does that make them safe to eat? 

photograph of a snowflake

Dec 7, 2018

How Big Can Snowflakes Be?

Snowflakes can get pretty darn big.