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A Moment of Science

A Moment of Science presents scientific information clearly, concisely, and with good humor.

In just two minutes, you'll get the scientific story behind some of the simplest and most curious phenomena from everyday life. We’ve all hit our “funny bone.” Why does it feel like that? What do bicycles, footballs, and space shuttles have in common? Why do some birds hop and others walk? A Moment of Science answers these and literally thousands of other questions about the world in which we live. These vignettes also remove some of the mystery from science—but not the wonder! You may even think, “Wow, that’s neat!” and go tell somebody else. There’s no end to the topics covered, and you the listener can add to the list by sending us questions.

A Moment of Science is a production of:

WFIU Public Media at Indiana University, Bloomington, in cooperation with IU’s scientific community, and scientists around the world. Visit our website.

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food pyramid pie chart
  • Health
  • MS, HS
Common Core
You’ve probably heard that something like a third of all kids in the United States are overweight or obese. And you’ve probably also heard or read...
healthy lunch
  • Health
  • MS, HS
You’ve probably heard that something like a third of all kids in the United States are overweight or obese. And you’ve probably also heard or read...
  • Science
  • MS, HS
Pop quiz: you have a flat table and two billiard balls. You and your strong-armed friend each roll one of the balls off the table so they pass the...
elementary windmill
  • Science
  • Middle School
Would cold water put out a fire faster than hot water? One of the main ways water puts out a fire is by cooling the burning material to below the...
microscope girls
  • Science
  • MS, HS
There's a big difference between muscles cramping during a strenuous workout, and the cramping caused by decreased blood flow to the leg.
A Moment of Science
Updated: 
2016
1 Comment
  • Science
  • MS, HS
Have you ever stopped to wonder why sex and violence so often go hand in hand? How come nobody complains about violence and gardening, say, or sex...
A Moment of Science
Updated: 
2016
1 Comment
  • Science
  • MS, HS
We've seen many strange things when it comes to forgotten leftovers, but hungry lasagna? You made lasagna last night, and it was delicious. You saved...
Heart disease is caused by the buildup of cholesterol-filled plaque inside arteries in the heart, decreasing blood flow to the heart muscle. However...
  • Science
  • High School
How many times have you heard a jet plane going over, looked up to see it, but not been able to find it even though you were looking toward where the...
microscope girls
  • Science
  • High School
Our bodies need protein, and proteins contain nitrogen. The air we breathe has plenty of nitrogen to satisfy our needs. But—that nitrogen is not...