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Lab Notes: Moon mysteries, the politics of smell and sharks acting like...humans




Scientists have new info on what's behind the face of the man in the moon.
Scientists have new info on what's behind the face of the man in the moon.
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Our science reporter Sanden Totten stops by to tell us about some of the most interesting developments in science this week.  And he starts with the man in the moon.  Researchers have been stumped for centuries over what caused the features in the moon's surface that resemble a face.  New information leads them to believe they are massive outcroppings of basalt rock, that were formed by cooling magma. But, as Totten points out, they still don't know if the magma came from a volcano, or was created by the heat from a meteor impact. The moon guards its mystery carefully.

Also this week, a study that found people tend to prefer the smell of people who have similar political beliefs.  And new research that show a wide variety of personalities in a species of sharks. Not unlike humans, some of these sharks seemed like social butterflies, others, like Greta Garbo, just want to be alone.