Stories tagged: Ask Dr. Universe
Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 6 p.m.
Dogs are important to humans in all kinds of ways. The connection between the two goes back thousands of years.
Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 4:15 p.m.
While we don’t know all the details when it comes to exactly how these bags form the way they do, it’s likely that sleeping poorly has the ability to change …
Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 2:15 p.m.
If you are anything like me, you probably like watching for shooting stars in the night sky. A shooting star, or a meteor, is usually a small rock that falls …
Fri., July 26, 2019, 2:43 p.m.
Why can’t sea turtles pull back into their shell? I was at the St. Louis Zoo, and they said tortoises and other turtles can pull back into their shells.
Fri., July 5, 2019, noon
Humans have been telling stories for thousands of years. At first, they told these stories out loud, then they started to write.
Fri., June 28, 2019, 1:18 p.m.
Even though a lot of people now use wireless phones rather than landlines to connect with each other, we still depend on those wires under the ocean for long-distance phone …
Fri., June 7, 2019, 2 p.m.
Ancient Egyptians had mummy-making down to a science. And in the right conditions, mummies can be made naturally, too.
Tue., May 28, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Whales and some other animals can learn and show emotional intelligence.
Fri., May 10, 2019, 1:46 p.m.
Muscles help you run and play, but stretching them too far hurts.
Fri., May 3, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Without even thinking about it, humans can use their eyes, ears, sense of touch, and brain to keep their balance. But sometimes these senses get a little mixed up.
Fri., April 26, 2019, 4:01 p.m.
If this plastic bag gets into the ocean, an animal like a turtle or shark might mistake it for a jellyfish they want to eat and the bag will get …
Tue., April 16, 2019, 11 a.m.
Humans have built all kinds of houses throughout history. During the Ice Age, humans made their homes in big caves. A few thousand years later, people figured out how to …
UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 10:55 a.m.
Flowers use scent to attract pollinators, which help the flowers reproduce.
Fri., April 5, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Our sun is so massive, you could fit more than 1 million earths inside of it. To find out how many peas would fit inside the biggest object in our …
Mon., March 25, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
We can find millions and millions of plankton in bodies of water all over the world – from oceans, rivers, and lakes to ponds and mud puddles.
Mon., March 18, 2019, 5 p.m.
To find out how batteries work, I decided to visit my friend and materials engineer Min-Kyu Song. He makes batteries in his lab at Washington State University.
Sat., March 16, 2019
A phobia is an intense fear of an object or situation, often one that you actually don’t need to fear. It can create a lot of anxiety. It can cause …
Fri., March 8, 2019, 3 p.m.
The microbes feed on leftover bits of food in your mouth. They not only help break down your food, but they also get energy from it. As they eat, grow, …
Sat., March 2, 2019, 6 a.m.
Like a lot of mammal brains, a sheep brain is made up of gray and white matter. It has folds and grooves, but not quite as many as a human …
Sat., Feb. 23, 2019, 6 a.m.
“There might be a different number of bones even between a T-rex, stegosaurus, triceratops,” said Cynthia Faux, veterinarian at Washington State University. “It may have depended on their species.”
Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 12:14 p.m.
Not only do fish pee, but their pee gives other animals in the ocean what they need to survive.
Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 5:03 p.m.
A glass of water has more molecules than there are stars in the night sky. That’s what I found out from my friend Jack (Qiang) Zhang, an assistant professor of …
Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 2:12 p.m.
There are white and puffy cumulus clouds, thin and wispy cirrus clouds, and tall nimbostratus clouds that stretch high up in to the sky. Believe it or not, when you …
Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 5 p.m.
A small part of the cord will stay attached to the baby’s belly for a couple of days before it falls off. What’s left is a brand new belly button. …
Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 3 p.m.
The first stinky fruit she thought of was the durian, a large, round fruit that grows mostly in Southeast Asia. The fruit is about a foot wide with a greenish-brown …
Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 6 a.m.
Bunnies are hopping all over our planet. Some hop through snow and deserts while others hop through wetlands and woods. There are lots of different kinds of rabbits, and they …
Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 5 p.m.
Humans are part of the primate family, which also includes monkeys, apes, and even lemurs. As a member of the family, you also have fingernails instead of claws and pads …
Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 5 p.m.
While owls might not be able to move their eyeballs around like you can, they more than make up for this by turning their heads, which gives them a really …
Thu., Nov. 29, 2018
In 1847, Joseph Fry figured out how to use these different ingredients to create a chocolate paste that he could mold into a rectangle. He produced the world’s first chocolate …
Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 3 a.m.
Taste buds can have a lifespan of anywhere from one to two weeks. That’s what I found out from my friend Charles Diako, a food science researcher at Washington State …