Just when we thought we knew it all, scientists have discovered that there are microbes that eat electricity, which is about as strange as people snacking by shoving a finger in an electric socket. What’s more, these microbes are very common. Scientists are finding them in many different places. They’ve remained hidden so long because they don’t grow well in science laboratories. Arpita Bose describes these fantastic bugs in a new animation.

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By Ultra-Condensed Science on January 10, 2017 / 1 Comment

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By Ultra-Condensed Science on November 4, 2016 / 7 Comments

Lately its been fashionable to say that hunter/gatherers lived better than we do. They had more free time, they followed more natural sleep cycles, and so on. But is our picture of hunter/gatherer society right? A giant earth mound in Louisiana suggests we know less than we think. Anthropologist Tristram R. Kidder explains.

Why is gravity so weak?

By Ultra-Condensed Science on June 6, 2016 / No Comments

Scientists find gravity very puzzling. For one thing, they don’t understand is why it is so weak; that is, why it takes so much stuff (like a planet’s worth) to generate much gravitational force. Perhaps, they say, it is leaking out of our universe. Physicist Adam Archibald explains how this could be and describes an experiment to detect leaks.

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