Big Questions, Science

Why Does the Scent of Blood Attract Carnivores?

Matt Soniak

Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other's Butts?

Matt Soniak

What's your dog up to anyway?

Why Do Witches Ride Brooms?

Matt Soniak

Is Kansas Really "Flatter than a Pancake"?

Matt Soniak

In a survey conducted by the American Geographical Society, almost a third of all respondents said that Kansas was the flattest state.

Are Bees Really All That Busy?

Matt Soniak

Some bees don’t really do any work at all.

Why is Ketchup So Hard to Pour?

Matt Soniak

Why Do Some Elements Have Symbols That Aren’t in Their Names?

Matt Soniak

The chemical symbol for oxygen is O. Makes sense. Calcium gets repped by a Ca. Sounds good. Hydrogen? H. Cobalt? Co. Lithium? Li. With you so far. Lead? Pb. Stop the presses!

Why Does Garlic Make Your Breath Smell So Bad?

Matt Soniak

Garlic is tasty, but its flavor comes at the cost of alienating your dinner partners with a distinct odor on your breath—and even your skin—when the meal is done.

How Do Fireworks Get Their Colors?

Matt Soniak

It’s all about chemistry.

Why Do Seagulls Hang Out in Parking Lots?

Matt Soniak

I live in Philadelphia, which is a quick enough drive to the Jersey Shore when traffic is good, but still pretty far from the ocean.

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