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Why Do We Age?

Why Do We Age?

Melissa May 12, 2014 23

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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Are You Really Entitled to a Phone Call When Arrested?

Are You Really Entitled to a Phone Call When Arrested?

Karl Smallwood May 9, 2014 12

Chellie asks: Do people really only have the right to one phone call when put in jail in the United States? Being arrested is a terrifying and frightening thing with all the horror stories

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Was Beethoven Really Deaf When He Wrote All His Music?

Was Beethoven Really Deaf When He Wrote All His Music?

Emily Upton and Karl Smallwood May 8, 2014 2

Carmen asks: Was Beethoven really deaf when he wrote all his music? If there is one Ludvig van Beethoven fact everyone knows it’s that he was deaf. But just saying “he was deaf” leaves a

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Why Does Aspirin Prevent Heart Attacks?

Why Does Aspirin Prevent Heart Attacks?

Melissa May 7, 2014 1

Karla asks: Why does aspirin prevent heart attacks? The wonder drug once gleaned from the bark of a willow tree is today used to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. But not everyone benefits

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Why Do Fingernails on a Chalkboard or Scraping on a Plate Make Us Cringe?

Why Do Fingernails on a Chalkboard or Scraping on a Plate Make Us Cringe?

Melissa May 6, 2014 2

Masa C asks: Why do fingernails on a chalkboard make us cringe? Listen to this. Irritated? Angry? Just glad it’s over? Here’s why. Your Ear After examining the results of a 2011 study, researchers

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What Was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a Doctor of?

What Was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a Doctor of?

Melissa May 2, 2014 5

Stefan asks: What was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a Doctor of? On June 5, 1955, Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology from Boston University. From that

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What is Non Dairy Creamer Made Of?

What is Non Dairy Creamer Made Of?

Melissa May 1, 2014 3

Craig asks: What is non-dairy creamer made from? Yucky stuff. But you have alternatives. Non-Dairy Creamer Ingredients The chemicals, oils, sugars and milk products (yes, milk, in a “non dairy” product) vary depending on

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Who Invented the Elevator?

Who Invented the Elevator?

Emily Upton May 1, 2014 2

Terryn asks: Who invented the elevator? The history of the elevator, if you define it as a platform that can move people and objects up and down, is actually a rather long one. Rudimentary

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Who is Murphy of Murphy’s Law?

Who is Murphy of Murphy’s Law?

Melissa April 30, 2014 4

Bill D. asks: Who is the “Murphy” who made Murphy’s Law? For those not familiar, Murphy’s Law states: “Anything that can go wrong will.” Early Origins Pessimists have existed long before the Murphy whose

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Why Do We Cry?

Why Do We Cry?

Melissa April 29, 2014 0

Joel asks: Why do humans cry? Anti-bacterial, nutrient-rich, usually involuntary and often stress relieving, crying benefits more than just our eyes. Physiology of Tears Tears are a product of the lacrimal system, which: Has

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What Is the Origin of Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior?

What Is the Origin of Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior?

Melissa April 25, 2014 2

Ian K. asks: Why are students called freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors? Rather than referring to a student’s year of study, in U.S. high schools and colleges, first year students are freshmen, second years

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Where Do Insects Go in Winter?

Where Do Insects Go in Winter?

Melissa April 25, 2014 3

Michael asks: Where do insects disappear to in the winter time? As cold-blooded creatures, insects are particularly susceptible to winter’s freezing temperatures. To survive, this class of animals has developed a wide variety of

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Why Doesn’t the Heart Get Tired and Need to Rest Like Other Muscles?

Why Doesn’t the Heart Get Tired and Need to Rest Like Other Muscles?

Melissa April 24, 2014 4

Mindy N. asks: After a long run my leg muscles are tired, but my heart is not.  Why doesn’t the heart need any rest? Anywhere from 60 to 100 times every minute of every

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How Large is a Barrel of Oil and Why Do We Measure It That Way?

How Large is a Barrel of Oil and Why Do We Measure It That Way?

Melissa April 22, 2014 0

Sue T asks: Why do we measure oil in barrels instead of gallons or liters? How much oil is in a barrel? More than just gasoline for our cars, crude oil is transformed into

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Can Eating Poppy Seeds Really Cause You to Fail a Drug Test?

Can Eating Poppy Seeds Really Cause You to Fail a Drug Test?

Emily Upton April 16, 2014 19

Mark asks: Will eating poppy seed muffins cause you to fail a drug test? When Elaine on Seinfeld failed a drug test after eating a poppy seed muffin back in the 1996 episode “The

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What Causes St. Elmo’s Fire

What Causes St. Elmo’s Fire

Scott April 14, 2014 2

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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All About Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

All About Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

Matt Blitz April 14, 2014 0

Mike A. asks: What is the difference between bees, wasps, and hornets? There are many similarities and differences between our little wing-whipping friends. For starters, all can sting you. That said, you may derive

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Do Cow Farts Really Significantly Contribute to Global Warming?

Do Cow Farts Really Significantly Contribute to Global Warming?

Matt Blitz April 11, 2014 11

Shawn asks: Do cow farts really significantly contribute to global warming? There are currently approximately 1.3 to 1.5 billion cows grazing, sleeping, and chewing their cud at any given time on planet Earth. And

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