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What Causes St. Elmo’s Fire

What Causes St. Elmo’s Fire

Scott April 14, 2014 0

Andrew M. asks: What causes Saint Elmo’s Fire? For those not familiar, “St. Elmo’s Fire” is a name for the glow that looks like blue/violet fire surrounding the top of pointed metal objects during

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Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

Scott February 25, 2014 8

Jennifer asks: I’ve read that vaccines cause autism and that they don’t. What’s the truth with this? In 1998, there was a groundbreaking study telling parents that their children were at risk of getting

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How the Body Generates Electricity

How the Body Generates Electricity

Scott February 10, 2014 0

Our resident medical expert, Scott, and a buddy of his recently started The Medicine Journal, where you can learn all sorts of interesting facts about all things medical related. Below is their second video.

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How Blood Works

How Blood Works

Scott February 7, 2014 2

Our resident medical expert, Scott, and a buddy of his have just started The Medicine Journal, where you can learn all sorts of interesting facts about all things medical related. Below is their first

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Why Nuclear Bombs Create Mushroom Clouds

Why Nuclear Bombs Create Mushroom Clouds

Scott November 20, 2013 3

Susan K. asks: Why do nuclear bombs make mushroom clouds? This phenomenon all comes down to a little something called the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, and by extension, convection. I’ll begin with the somewhat longer, but

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Why Squinting Helps You See Better

Why Squinting Helps You See Better

Scott November 14, 2013 1

Luke asks: Why when I squint does it help me see things clearer? Squinting causes two reactions that help you visualize the world around you in better detail. First, it changes the shape of

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Why Your Palms Get Sweaty When You’re Excited, Scared, Or Nervous

Why Your Palms Get Sweaty When You’re Excited, Scared, Or Nervous

Scott November 6, 2013 5

Today I Found Out why your palms get sweaty when you’re nervous. Ever been on the edge of a cliff or looking out the window at the top of a skyscraper and your hands

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How Long a Person’s Heart Has To Be Stopped Before Medics Wouldn’t Try to Revive Them

How Long a Person’s Heart Has To Be Stopped Before Medics Wouldn’t Try to Revive Them

Scott November 4, 2013 6

Ken Laha asks: How long would someone’s heart have to be stopped before you’d stop trying to revive them? The question of how long someone’s heart would have to be stopped for before you

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Hollywood Medical Myths Part 3: You Should Put a Bite Block in the Mouth of Someone Having a Seizure

Hollywood Medical Myths Part 3: You Should Put a Bite Block in the Mouth of Someone Having a Seizure

Scott October 8, 2013 11

Hollywood Medical Myths Part 3: You should put a bite block in the mouth of someone having a seizure. Seizures seem to be an ailment that befalls numerous actors in everything from movies to

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Medical Oddities Part 2: You Can Brew Beer In Your Digestive Tract

Medical Oddities Part 2: You Can Brew Beer In Your Digestive Tract

Scott October 2, 2013 2

For part 1 of this series, see: How Pilates Caused a Woman’s Body to “Swallow” Her Breast Imagine- your wife begins to think you’re a closet alcoholic, so she purchases a breathalyzer to test

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Hollywood Medical Myth Part 2: Injecting Medication Straight Into The Heart Is Beneficial

Hollywood Medical Myth Part 2: Injecting Medication Straight Into The Heart Is Beneficial

Scott September 30, 2013 5

Myth: Injecting medicine straight into your heart can be beneficial in some way. Ah, the dramatic scene that ends with an actor stabbing a needle straight into their heart, narrowly escaping death and magically

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Medical Oddities Part 1: How Pilates Caused a Woman’s Body to “Swallow” One of Her Breasts

Medical Oddities Part 1: How Pilates Caused a Woman’s Body to “Swallow” One of Her Breasts

Scott September 25, 2013 1

Imagine. There you are, trying to stay in shape. Going to one of your local Pilates classes, and while performing what is known as a Valsalva maneuver, your body suddenly swallows one of your

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Hollywood Medical Myths Part 1: Shocking Someone Who Has “Flat-Lined” Can Get Their Heart Going Again

Hollywood Medical Myths Part 1: Shocking Someone Who Has “Flat-Lined” Can Get Their Heart Going Again

Scott September 24, 2013 13

Myth: Shocking someone who has flat-lined can get their heart started again. It never fails. You’re watching television and someone is circling the drain, in the toilet that is their life. The noise from

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Why Do Vitamins Make Urine Bright Yellow?

Why Do Vitamins Make Urine Bright Yellow?

Scott September 2, 2013 1

Andy asks: After I eat vitamins or vitamin enriched cereal, my pee turns bright yellow. What’s going on here? If you’ve ever taken a daily multivitamin you too might have noticed your urine turning

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There are More than Three States of Matter… Many More

There are More than Three States of Matter… Many More

Scott August 22, 2013 8

Myth: There are only three states of matter. I remember growing up and learning all about solids, liquids and gases. My science class in elementary school never talked about other states or phases of

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Egg Whites Do Not Make a Good Burn Treatment

Egg Whites Do Not Make a Good Burn Treatment

Scott August 2, 2013 6

Craig asks: Do chicken egg whites really help heal burns? Craig, I’ve actually had a couple of people try and convince me of this in the past. A quick Google search will yield several,

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Why Doesn’t Wood Melt

Why Doesn’t Wood Melt

Scott August 1, 2013 7

Jesse asks: Why doesn’t wood melt? Jesse, I love this question. It seems like everyone knows things are solid at certain temperatures. If you heat them up, they will become a liquid. Heating it

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Why is Nicotine Addictive

Why is Nicotine Addictive

Scott July 31, 2013 2

Ken asks: Why is nicotine so addictive? When someone says a substance is addictive, they can mean two separate things. Physically addictive, more accurately physically dependent, is when your body begins to depend on

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