Would You Wear Clothing Made of Slime?

Would You Wear Clothing Made of Slime?

What will the clothing of the future be made of? How about slime? I’m Anna Rothschild and this is Gross Science. Hagfish are eel-like creatures that live on the ocean floor. They’re ancient animals that don’t have backbones, or scales, or even jaws. What they do have is slime—and lots of it. When they’re attacked […]

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Make bioplastic by yourself!

Make bioplastic by yourself!

Add 1 tablespoon of cornflour and 1 teaspoon of vinegar to 4 tablespoons of water in a cooking pot. Add also 1 teaspoon of glycerin. You can get the glycerine in a pharmacy. Stir the mixture thoroughly with a whisk and heat over medium heat. Always keep stirring. After a few minutes, the mixture becomes […]

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Why Do Llamas Spit?

Why Do Llamas Spit?

Llamas do have a funny reputation for spitting, a trait they share with other South American camelids. Thankfully, most llamas are gentle, curious, and well-socialized creatures that rarely spit at humans, normally reserving their spit for members of their own species. Llamas are descended from wild guanaco and were domesticated in the Andean Highlands of […]

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Why Do Clothes Shrink in the Wash?

Why Do Clothes Shrink in the Wash?

Knowing the dos and don’ts of washing your clothes can be a difficult affair when looking at the tag, especially when it comes to shrinking. But what is it exactly about different materials that make some safe to wash at home and others dry-clean only? When you get down to it folks, this is a […]

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Why That Dead Moon Plant Is So Important

Why That Dead Moon Plant Is So Important

This is the first time a plant has grown on the moon actually according to the Chinese government. This marks the completion of humankind’s first biological experiment on the moon, which, even though the plant died shortly after it spouted, is still a huge scientific breakthrough. It means a lot for the future of space […]

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Micron Stories: Stephanie

Micron Stories: Stephanie

Being outdoors was a big part of my life. My dad grew up near the Oregon coast so I started boating and fishing at a pretty young age. This got me into cross-country in high school I love just being able to get on the open road and run away from all the cars and […]

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Is Secret Inca History Hidden in Knots?

Is Secret Inca History Hidden in Knots?

The Incans of South America have a lot in common with your average boy scout. They’re both of a small stature and ooh they look good in a ‘kerchief. But more than anything else – mmm, they loved a good knot. Where they just tying knots, OR.. …Were they tying a secret history in a […]

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