Category Archives: Science

The People Who Don’t Feel Pain

This is yet another great article from our friends over at The Medicine Journal.  Check out their YouTube channel here! Congenital Insensitivity to Pain (CIP) is technically classified as a peripheral neuropathy- basically meaning you have damage to, or a disease affecting, your nerves.  This rare condition leaves its sufferers without the ability to feel pain.  It might seem like […]

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What Function Does Natural Aspirin Serve in Plants?

Blain F. asks: What function does natural aspirin serve in the plants that produce it? Salicylic acid is found in varying degrees in a wide range of plants including potatoes, tobacco, unripe fruits (including blackberries and blueberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, green pepper, tomato and olives), mushrooms, and, of course, willow. A phenolic compound, together with cytokinins, auxins, gibberellins, ethylene and abscisic […]

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The Truth About Your Flammable Farts

Alex B. asks: Why are farts flammable? Contrary to popular belief, it’s probably not methane leaking from behind that reckless “bros” light on fire (known as pyroflatulence); rather, it’s most likely primarily hydrogen. In a typical, healthy body, human farts are comprised primarily of hydrogen, nitrogen, some carbon dioxide and potentially a small amount of methane and oxygen. These farts […]

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Setting Fire to Glass- The “Nope” Chemical That is Chlorine Trifluoride

First discovered back in the 1930s, chlorine trifluoride is a rather curious chemical that easily reacts, sometimes explosively, with just about every known substance on Earth. Just to get the ball rolling, here’s a few of the more unusual things chlorine trifluoride is known to set fire to on contact: glass, sand, asbestos, rust, concrete, people, pyrex, cloth, and the dreams of children… […]

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Why Do Other People’s Farts Smell Worse?

Dan K. asks: Why is it that other people’s farts smell worse than your own? In 2005, two researchers published a series of articles investigating the subject of other people’s smelliness. They examined how much disgust people would feel and show after smelling a variety of odors, including armpits, garbage and farts. Among the stinks examined, farts elicited the strongest […]

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What Determines “Partly Cloudy” vs. “Mostly Sunny”? (And Other Weather Terms Explained)

Brett C. asks: How do they decide the cuttoff between partly cloudy and mostly sunny? If you ever thought it was difficult to tell the difference between “partly cloudy” and “mostly sunny,” you’re not alone. Established by the National Weather Service (NWS) according to a loose set of rules, the criteria used to describe different elements of your forecast can […]

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