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Bacteria in Space

Bacteria in Space

Melissa March 5, 2014 0

For reasons that still aren’t well understood, bacteria proliferate in microgravity. Creating a potential recipe for disaster for humans stationed in space for long periods, bacteria’s love of low-g also raises an intriguing question:

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The Truth About Aspartame and Your Health

The Truth About Aspartame and Your Health

TheMedicineJournal.com February 27, 2014 29

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 a sample article

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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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Why the Same Side of the Moon Always Faces the Earth

Why the Same Side of the Moon Always Faces the Earth

Daven Hiskey February 24, 2014 6

This is an excerpt from our new book: The Wise Book of Whys, available in: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audiobook One Moon “day” is approximately 29 1/2 Earth days. This rotation coincides

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What Causes Morning Sickness

What Causes Morning Sickness

Emily Upton February 14, 2014 2

Laury asks: What causes morning sickness? Most mothers will tell you that “morning sickness” is a misnomer, and that it should really be called “all day sickness.” In fact, it’s sometimes called “nausea and

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What Causes Aftertaste

What Causes Aftertaste

TheMedicineJournal.com February 12, 2014 0

This is a guest post from our friends over at The Medicine Journal- the TodayIFoundOut of medical related sites. Also, don’t forget to check out their awesome videos on YouTube. Ever wonder why certain

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One of the Greatest Scientists of the 20th Century You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

One of the Greatest Scientists of the 20th Century You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Matt Blitz February 10, 2014 0

There’s a perception that religion and science go together about as well as mayonnaise and marshmallows. In some instances, this is, perhaps, true. But on a typically warm Southern California January in 1933 at

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The Evolution of the Metre

The Evolution of the Metre

Karl Smallwood January 29, 2014 3

Though you’ve likely never given it much thought, a universally accepted unit of measurement like the humble metre is an amazing thing. It lets scientists separated by culture, language, race and even thousands of

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The Mysterious Encephalitis Lethargica Epidemic

The Mysterious Encephalitis Lethargica Epidemic

Karl Smallwood January 15, 2014 2

What if we told you that around 90 years ago an epidemic swept across the world that killed over a million people while affecting numerous others, before disappearing, leaving the finest scientific minds of

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What Happens When You Freeze Water in a Container So Strong the Water Can’t Expand Into Ice?

What Happens When You Freeze Water in a Container So Strong the Water Can’t Expand Into Ice?

Karl Smallwood January 14, 2014 12

Kevin asks: What would happen if you froze water, but the container was so strong the water couldn’t expand into ice? Some readers may recall a science class in which an excitable teacher walked

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How Does Organic Matter Become Fossil Fuels?

How Does Organic Matter Become Fossil Fuels?

Melissa January 3, 2014 0

Kateri asks: How did organic matter become fossil fuels? Three hundred million years ago (or so), about the time amphibians first emerged from primordial seas, enormous, lush swamps filled with large trees, ferns and

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What Causes Spontaneous Combustion

What Causes Spontaneous Combustion

Melissa December 19, 2013 2

Dev asks: What causes spontaneous combustion? Most of us experience combustion, a chemical process where a fuel combines with oxygen to produce heat and light, in the form of a fire where both the

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Can Bad Weather Cause Joints to Ache?

Can Bad Weather Cause Joints to Ache?

Emily Upton December 11, 2013 0

Carmen asks: Does stormy weather really cause people’s joints to ache? You might have heard grandma or grandpa predicting a storm because they “could feel it in their bones” and when a storm hit

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Nobel Prize Winner Barry J. Marshall in Part Proved What Causes Ulcers by Ingesting the Bacteria He Thought Was Causing Them

Nobel Prize Winner Barry J. Marshall in Part Proved What Causes Ulcers by Ingesting the Bacteria He Thought Was Causing Them

Karl Smallwood December 6, 2013 4

When it comes to science, we think there’s a saying that is fairly applicable, “who dares, wins”. Fans of military history may recognise that as the motto of the Special Air Services (SAS). However,

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How the Himalayas Were Formed

How the Himalayas Were Formed

Emily Upton December 4, 2013 7

Today I Found Out how the Himalayas formed. The Himalayas, which stretch some 2,900 kilometres between India, Pakistan, China, and Nepal, is the world’s tallest mountain range. In addition to Mount Everest, the world’s

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The Natural Nuclear Fission Reactor of Gabon, West Africa

The Natural Nuclear Fission Reactor of Gabon, West Africa

Melissa December 2, 2013 1

In May 1972 in a uranium enrichment plant in France, scientists examining ore from a mine in Gabon, West Africa, discovered that a natural nuclear reactor had spontaneously manifested in that region in the

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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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The Color Pink Doesn’t Exist? So Why Can We See It?

The Color Pink Doesn’t Exist? So Why Can We See It?

Melissa November 14, 2013 21

Absent from the visible spectrum and neither a wave nor a particle, the color pink is, for many, a scientific enigma: how can a shade that doesn’t even appear in the rainbow exist? The

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