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The Basics of 3D Printing

The Basics of 3D Printing

Melissa June 10, 2014 1

Fatima asks: How do 3D printers work? Originally built on the same technology as an ink jet printer, the basic process behind 3D printing is so easy to understand, replicate and implement, today it

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Why Does Stepping On A LEGO Hurt so Much?

Why Does Stepping On A LEGO Hurt so Much?

Karl Smallwood June 10, 2014 16

James asks: Why does it hurt so much when you step on legos with bare feet? Right up there with how the gun on the original Duck Hunt game worked, why it hurts so

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The Making of Vinegar

The Making of Vinegar

Melissa June 9, 2014 0

Jeff asks: Is it true that wine vinegar is just wine with acetobacter added? Yep, but the process from start to finish is a little more complicated than just that. More than Just Wine

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The Fascinating Story of How the “What Would Jesus Do?” Slogan Came About

The Fascinating Story of How the “What Would Jesus Do?” Slogan Came About

Karl Smallwood June 6, 2014 9

What Would Jesus Do?, often shortened to WWJD? or W.W.J.D.  is a slogan so famous that millions of objects have been emblazoned with it. However, the person who came up with “W.W.J.D.” never saw a

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What Does the Arabic Prefix “al-” Mean?

What Does the Arabic Prefix “al-” Mean?

Melissa June 5, 2014 1

Gina asks: What does “al” mean in Arabic? Roughly translated to “the,” the Arabic word “al-” is prefixed to nouns to make them definite. For example: “kitab ‘book’ can be made definite by prefixing

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Where Do the Gypsies Originally Come From?

Where Do the Gypsies Originally Come From?

Kathy Padden June 4, 2014 0

Brian T. asks: Where do the Gypsies originally come from? They do not have a shared homeland or national identity. They are a people who are scattered across the globe and whose origins have

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How is the Pope Chosen?

How is the Pope Chosen?

Kathy Padden June 3, 2014 2

Candie asks: How is the Pope chosen? When a pope goes to his eternal reward or otherwise retires, there are certain traditions that are dusted off each time to elect his successor. Only the

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What Does Rx Mean and Where Did It Come From?

What Does Rx Mean and Where Did It Come From?

Melissa June 2, 2014 2

K. Jones asks: Where does the symbol “Rx” come from? The phenomenon of ubiquitous prescription drugs (retail sales in recent years have topped $200 billion in the U.S. alone) is a relatively new experience

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What Causes Dark Circles Under Your Eyes?

What Causes Dark Circles Under Your Eyes?

Karl Smallwood June 2, 2014 6

Kaiden asks: What causes the dark circles under my eyes when I’m tired? It is often claimed that periorbital dark circles are caused by tiredness or working too hard or even just staying up

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What is the Difference Between Black, White and Red Pepper?

What is the Difference Between Black, White and Red Pepper?

Melissa May 30, 2014 0

Rodney asks: What’s the difference between black, white, and red pepper? Do they all come from the same plant? Although black pepper is the most popular spice in the world, it is by no

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What Causes the Smell After Rain

What Causes the Smell After Rain

Karl Smallwood May 26, 2014 9

Joe T. asks: What causes the smell after rain? There are three primary sources of smells that commonly occur after rain. The first, the “clean” smell, in particular after a heavy thunderstorm, is caused

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Is it Possible to Target Belly Fat When Losing Weight?

Is it Possible to Target Belly Fat When Losing Weight?

TheMedicineJournal.com May 21, 2014 5

This is yet another great article from our friends over at The Medicine Journal- Jessica asks: Is it true there are ways to target losing the fat around your stomach? If so, how? A

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When Women Started Growing Out and Painting Their Nails

When Women Started Growing Out and Painting Their Nails

Emily Upton May 19, 2014 8

Becky asks: When did women start growing out and painting fingernails? On humans and other primates, nails are a flattened version of a claw which likely developed to aid in gripping and climbing. However,

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The Origin of the Phrase “Pulling Your Leg”

The Origin of the Phrase “Pulling Your Leg”

Emily Upton May 16, 2014 5

Diane M. asks: Where did the expression “pulling my leg” come from? For those who aren’t familiar with the phrase, when someone says, “You must be pulling my leg!” they usually mean, “You must

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Why Can’t You Use Blood from Someone Who Has a Different Blood Type Than You?

Why Can’t You Use Blood from Someone Who Has a Different Blood Type Than You?

Melissa May 15, 2014 4

Brandon asks: Why can’t you use blood from someone who has a different blood type than you? Hot, cold or just plain bad, throughout history, people have used blood as a metaphor to describe

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Where Did the Word “Scumbag” Come From?

Where Did the Word “Scumbag” Come From?

Matt Blitz May 15, 2014 5

Mondagiriaksita asks: I was told a scumbag was originally a condom. Is this really where the word came from? “Scum” originated in the early 14th century from the Middle Dutch word “schume” meaning foam

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Why Do Armpits Smell So Bad?

Why Do Armpits Smell So Bad?

Melissa May 14, 2014 4

Robin asks: Why do armpits smell bad compared to other parts of your body? Those millions of bacteria have to live somewhere. Sweat and Odor There are two universally-accepted types of sweat glands. Eccrine

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Why Do We Age?

Why Do We Age?

Melissa May 12, 2014 26

Kyle asks: Why do we get old? Gray hair, memory loss, wrinkles and brittle bones, sooner or later, each of us gets old (if we’re lucky). Yet scientists tell us that there is no

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