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Did you know that hard candy is actually a glass?

As Halloween is right around the corner, here's a video from ByteSizeScience on how hard candy is made: things of note:(1) Hard candy is technically a glass made of sugar!(2) There are three stages of sugar boiling, and the maximum temperature that it reaches determines the physical properties of the resulting candy (I think this is primarily a function of how much water is remaining in the sugar mixture).(3) If you watch the video, you'll figure out why hard candy always has a ring around the edge...

October 27, 2011 — Michelle Clement

A Geologist's-Eye-View of the Van Earthquake

The death toll from Sunday's magnitude 7.2 earthquake in the Van Province in eastern Turkey has now risen to over 500 people, and will undoubtedly continue to rise as rescuers continue to search the hundreds of buildings that collapsed during the shaking...

October 27, 2011 — Chris Rowan

Weekly Highlights #10

Kathleen Raven, from Grady school of journalism, in UGA Today: Blood pressure-lowering drug after stroke aids recovery, study finds: A commonly prescribed blood pressure-lowering medication appears to kick start recovery in the unaffected brain hemisphere after a stroke by boosting blood vessel growth, a new University of Georgia study has found...

STAFFOctober 27, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Please Don't Feed the Endangered Eagles?

It's a fairly common practice to help certain endangered species in the wild by providing them with extra food or prey. But could these activities actually end up harming the very species conservationists are trying to help?Researchers from Spain's National Museum of Natural Sciences, the Doñana Biological Station and GIR Diagnostics asked that question in a recent study of the Spanish imperial eagle, also known as the Iberian imperial eagle or Adalbert's eagle ( Aquila adalberti )...

October 27, 2011 — John R. Platt

Penises Shaped By Waves (In Barnacles)

[caption id="attachment_239" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Semibalanus balanoides, Photo from Wikimedia Commons"][/caption] The following is edited from a post I published in 2008...

October 26, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

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