Big Questions, Science

How Do Astronauts Scratch Their Noses on Space Walks?

Matt Soniak

Reader Erica asks, “What do astronauts do when they get an itch on their face while in their space suits?”

What is Ricin?

Matt Soniak

Here’s what you need to know about the toxin everyone is talking about.

Wait, What Does the Fox Say?

Matt Soniak

If You Fell Into a Volcano, How Would You Die?

Matt Soniak

Reader Erica writes in to ask, “If you fell into a volcano, how would you die? Would you sink and drown in the lava or get burned to death on the surface before you could go under?”

Why Does the Road Look Wet on Hot Days?

Matt Soniak

Reader Robert wrote in to say, “As I drive across the Panhandle of Texas, I am wondering why the highway looks wet and shiny off in the distance but normal as one gets closer.”

Why Do the Chinese Farm Cockroaches?

Matt Soniak

How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names? (and Other Hurricane FAQs)

Matt Soniak

As we creep into the peak of hurricane season, many media outlets have dispatched reporters to the Caribbean and Gulf Coast to get first-hand accounts of the action.

What’s the World’s Longest Running Science Experiment?

Matt Soniak

Between our look at the longest prison sentences the other day and the 69-year-old pitch drop experiment finally getting caught on camera last month, reader Justin got curious and wrote in to ask, “wh

Can You Actually Cough Up A Lung?

Matt Soniak

What Causes “Old Person Smell”?

Matt Soniak

Reader Sarah writes in to ask, “What is it that causes that distinctive 'old person' smell? Whatever it is, it seems to be common to all elderly people.

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