Do amebelodon really have two sets of tusks (upper and lower) or do they just have big teeth on the bottom?

Question Answered by Sue Miller, Paleontologist “Shovel-tuskers” Way cool! They are ancient, now extinct, cousins of elephants. Their nickname comes from the shape of their large, flat and extended lower incisors and small upper tusks – instead of long and curved upper tusks like mammoths, mastodons, and modern elephants. They were about the size of…

Can sound travel through me?

Question Answered by Dr. Steven Shropshire, Physics Professor, Idaho State University Yes, sound can travel right through you. While some sound is absorbed by your body, all sound waves can pass through you if they are loud enough. Sound is a vibration. It can be a vibration in the air, in water, and even in…

What happens to rain when lightning strikes it?

Answered by Travis Wyatt, Meteorologist, National Weather Service-Pocatello, ID Any rain in the path of lightning will turn to steam. Lightning can heat the air anywhere from 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit to up to 60,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The surface of the sun is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. So, lightning is extremely hot. Lightning traveling down a…

Is resurrection moss really a moss?

Question Answered by Kristin Kaser, Plant Ecologist, INL ESER Program Southeastern Idaho is part of the Great Basin Desert, the largest desert in North America. It is classified as a cold temperate semidesert steppe with hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. During temperature extremes, some of our animals migrate to find needed food and…

What is the best pain medication you can buy without a prescription?

Question Answered by Alan Jensen, Registered Pharmacist, Albertsons Sav-on Drug There is no “one size fits all” answer to this question. There are four pain medications available for over the counter use: Aspirin (Bayer Aspirin, Original Alka Seltzer), Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Naproxen Sodium (Aleve). All of these products are available in generic…