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A Moment of Science: Audio


You have questions and A Moment of Science has answers. These two-minute audio podcasts provide the scientific story behind some of life's most perplexing mysteries. There's no need to be blinded by science. Explore it, have fun with it, but most of all learn from it. A Moment of Science is a production of WFIU Public Media from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Pessimism Can Be Good For You

Jun 5, 2018 2:00


What do you think is more conducive toward being healthy: optimism or pessimism? It’s easy to say optimism; there’s a lot of evidence suggesting optimism correlates with better health and well-being. And if you said that, you’re right that being optimistic is generally good for well-being. But some types of pessimism may have health benefits, […]

Is That Bug Really a Bug?

Jun 4, 2018 2:00


The true bugs are a suborder of insects within the Order Hemiptera. True bugs are distinguished from other insects by the structure of their mouthparts and the way they feed. True bugs are unable to chew; their mouthparts are designed for sucking up their meals. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

Glitter Pollution

Jun 1, 2018 2:00


It can seem like if you’re even within a mile of someone using glitter, you’ll find it somewhere on you. And then it never goes away. For months, you’ll be pulling that small brightly-colored plastic out of your hair, tracking it with your shoes, and finding it stuck to your arms. Yeah, that’s a little […]

Your Sense Of Smell Is Better At 9 PM Than At 3 AM

May 31, 2018 2:00


In 2017, a study found that people’s sensitivity to smell changes over the course of a day, with an average peak around 9 PM and a low ebb between 2 AM and 10 AM. Circadian Clocks The shift in sensitivity appears to be tied to our circadian clocks—a biological oscillating phase that affects almost all […]

Poison Ivy And Global Warming

May 30, 2018 2:00


By now enough evidence has piled up to convince most people that global warming is a troubling fact. According to researchers at Duke University, we can add yet another global-warming related outcome to the growing list: larger and more potent poison ivy.

Making Food Last Longer

May 29, 2018 2:00


In a world full of unpredictability and chaos, one thing is certain, if you leave a loaf of bread out on the counter long enough, and it will eventually grow a moldy beard. Same goes for most other foods. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

You Can Spread The Flu By Breathing

May 28, 2018 2:00


Muscle pain, congestion, sneezing, chills are some of the many symptoms of coming down with the flu. And it’s tempting to think that there are things in your life that you can still go do. You just won’t cough or sneeze on anyone. But according to research published by a team of American scientists in […]

Neanderthals And Art

May 14, 2018 2:00


A listener writes: Dear A Moment of Science, I know that prehistoric humans had the ability to draw, and made some amazing cave art. But what about Neanderthals? Did they make cave art, too? Art Critic Our Response Fascinating question! And the answer is no, at least not that we know of at this time […]

Science Activity With Two Quarters

May 11, 2018 2:00


Put a quarter on the table, with George Washington’s head right side up. Hold the quarter down with your finger. Now, put another quarter flat on the table, again with Washington right side up. Place the second coin so that its edge touches the twelve o’clock position on the edge of the first coin. Consider […]

Life Twelve Miles Underground

May 10, 2018 2:00


Last weekend I went caving. I was amazed at how much life there is underground: cave crickets, bats, even cave fish. As I explored, I wondered “How deep can life exist underground? Microbial Life There is some indirect evidence of microbial life as far as twelve miles underground, and many studies show life as much […]

Your Phone And Computer Screens Are Keeping You Awake

May 9, 2018 2:00


Lately, it seems like everyone I know has the same problem: When it’s time for bed, they don’t feel sleepy. While there can be many reasons for why someone’s sleep schedule changes, including aging, researchers have identified a potential cause as artificial lighting, and especially the computer and phone screens that play an ever-present role […]

Why Did the Dinosaur Cross the Road?

May 8, 2018 2:00


There is plenty of evidence, after all, that modern day birds evolved from dinosaurs. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

Another Way To Use A Drone

Apr 26, 2018 2:00


Drones can be pretty cool. They’re used for everything from flying for fun to delivering packages and to collect bacteria from whales. And collect bacteria from whales. That last one probably made you pause, but it’s real! Scientists at Macquarie University, in Australia, use drones to harvest bacteria from the vapors that come from the […]

How Fat-Free Foods Are Made

Apr 25, 2018 2:00


For many foods that you eat, fat—via butter or oil or lard—adds to the food’s tastiness, and occasionally acts as a binding agent (think gravies and sauces and some baked goods). When a manufacturer making reduced-fat food prototypes, their trained test testers are asked to break down the eating experiences of these foods with specialized […]

How Do Polar Bears Drink?

Apr 24, 2018 2:00


Polar bears have evolved so that they don't need to drink liquid water.

Change Blindness

Apr 20, 2018 2:00


Not a detail-oriented person? Blame your prehistoric ancestors' living conditions.

Touched By A Bacterium

Apr 19, 2018 2:00


Scientists from Indiana University found that bacterium have a sense of touch.

Can Plants Learn?

Apr 18, 2018 2:00


It might sound like science fiction, but a recent study found evidence that plants can learn.

Polarized Lake Light

Apr 17, 2018 2:00


Sometimes, under the right circumstances, you'll see a mysterious dark patch in an otherwise wonderfully reflective lake. Why?

Dwarf Mistletoe

Mar 9, 2018 2:00


As if ordinary mistletoe didn't already spell trouble for trees, its cousin the dwarf mistletoe is a huge problem. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

What The Weather Report Doesn’t Tell You

Mar 6, 2018 2:00


There can be big variations in the temperature based on height and distance from the ground.

Eye Contact Is Important

Mar 5, 2018 2:00


The way some people make judgments in social situations may be based upon what constitutes normal eye contact.

The Pros And Cons Of An Attractive Face

Mar 2, 2018 2:00


Scientists researched whether people found scientists that were perceived attractive more or less credible.

Humans Foraged Wild Wheat 30,000 Years Ago

Mar 1, 2018 2:00


Humans gathering rice, wheat, and barley affected the plants' evolution.

Thirty Years Of A Moment Of Science

Feb 28, 2018 2:00


We celebrate thirty years of teaching you new and interesting facts!

Why Do Cats’ Eyes Glow At Night?

Feb 27, 2018 2:00


Cats and other nocturnal animals have a part of their eye called the tapetum lucidum.

Cooking An Egg From Liquid To Solid

Feb 26, 2018 2:00


Why does the consistency of an egg change from liquid to more or less solid as it cooks?

Gopher Tortoises Save Lives

Feb 23, 2018 2:00


Your animal of the day is the gopher tortoise, a reptile known for saving its neighbors' lives.

What Came First, Language or Perception?

Feb 22, 2018 2:00


What Came First, Language or Perception? Find out on this Moment of Science.

Sixteen Percent Of Global Deaths In 2015

Feb 21, 2018 2:00


What was the largest cause of premature death in people in 2015?

Seeing Yourself As Others See You

Feb 20, 2018 2:00


Today, we have an experiment that uses multiple mirrors, so you can see how you appear to other people.

Sleep Deprivation

Feb 19, 2018 2:00


Losing a couple hours of sleep each night adds up to major sleep deprivation.

Salmon That Move Mountains

Feb 16, 2018 2:00


Humans aren't the only animals that can alter landscapes.

Zero Gravity, Does It Exist?

Feb 15, 2018


When astronauts orbit the earth, they're still subject to gravity, but they're moving sideways so quickly that even though they're being pulled towards the earth, they're not getting any closer to the center of the planet.

The Biggest Event Of The Year For Lakes

Feb 14, 2018 2:00


During spring and fall turnovers, all the water in a freshwater lake is the same temperature.