Science Facts of December - 2013

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Tuesday

Today’s Science Message

The Red bellied woodpecker’s tongue can extend to 2/3 of its entire body length. The only way it can fit in the woodpecker’s head is by wrapping around its brain and eye sockets.


30

Monday

Answer for the Question of the Week

On sunny days there is more sunshine in the day time than in the morning. As a result the rate of photo synthesis get higher of the mosses and more oxygen gas is produced. This oxygen bubbles trapped within the moss makes it float on the surface.


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Friday

Question of the Week

26

Thursday

Today’s Science Message

The reason why hair turns gray as we age is because the pigment cells in the hair follicle start to die, which is responsible for producing “melanin” which gives the hair color.


24

Tuesday

Today’s Science Message

23

Monday

Answer for the Question of the Week

No. Two people do not see the same rainbow. We can only see one color from each water droplet of the rainbow. These colors change with the angle we watch. No two people can stay at the same position at the same time and look up in the same angle. Moreover, water droplets are constantly in motion so, the every time we look we see a different rainbow.


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Friday

Question of the Week

19

Thursday

Today’s Science Message

18

Wednesday

Today’s Science Message

16

Monday

Answer for the Question of the Week

A popcorn kernel is actually a seed. At its center is a tiny plant embryo, a life form in its earliest phase. The embryo is surrounded by soft, starchy material that contains water. Surrounding the embryo is a hard shell. When the kernel is heated to about 200 degrees Celsius, the water turns to steam. The pressure from the steam causes the kernel’s shell to explode and the starch to spill out.


13

Friday

Question of the Week

12

Thursday

Today’s Science Message

11

Wednesday

Today’s Science Message

Most people think the only colors of a rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, but a rainbow is actually made up of an entire continuum of colors even colors the eye can’t see!


10

Tuesday

Today’s Science Message

9

Monday

Answer for the Question of the Week

The clouds that jets form on certain days are called condensation trails or contrails. A contrail forms because one of the components of jet engine exhaust is water. Jet fuel is made of carbon and hydrogen. When jet fuel burns with oxygen, most of the exhaust consists of CO2 (carbon dioxide) and water that is generally an invisible vapor. If the temperature, winds and humidity in the upper atmosphere are right, long, white contrails form when the moisture in the exhaust condenses.


6

Friday

Question of the Week

5

Thursday

Today’s Science Message

4

Wednesday

Today’s Science Message

Neptune has the most violent wind in the solar system which can reach an astonishing 1,500 mph (2414 km/h). Because Neptune’s topography is fairly flat, there is no friction to slow down these incredible gusts of wind.


3

Tuesday

Today’s Science Message

2

Monday

Answer for the Question of the Week

Dogs’ noses secrete a small amount of mucus which serves two purposes: to help their sense of smell, and to keep themselves cool. The thin layer of mucus helps with the absorption of scent chemicals from the air. In addition, the nose, along with the mouth and the pads of the feet, is one of the locations where dogs’ bodies release heat. As a result dogs’ nose is often cold and wet.