Big Questions, Science

Does a Refrigerator Make a Good Faraday Cage?

Matt Soniak

Does the "Hand in Warm Water" Trick Really Work?

Matt Soniak

As the kids head off to summer camp, many of them will partake in the timeless tradition of trying to get their friends to pee themselves by slipping their hand into some warm water.

Why Is It So Easy to Slip Someone Antifreeze?

Matt Soniak

The most recent Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers counted 6241 unintentional ethylene glycol poisonings in 2011.

UPDATE: Does Being Cold Make You More Susceptible to Getting a Cold?

Matt Soniak

Last year, we talked about whether or not Grandma is right when she tells you to bundle up when you go outside, lest you catch a cold.

Why Do Worms Surface After Rain?

Matt Soniak

Reader Bruce wrote in to ask, “When there is a heavy rain, worms climb out on the pavement, only to die when the rain stops. Why do worms commit suicide?”

Why Do We Feel Hot in Temperatures Lower Than Our Body Temp?

Matt Soniak

Why Don’t Cell Phones Have Dial Tones?

Matt Soniak

Matt Soniak answers today's Big Question.

How Much Does a Cloud Weigh?

Matt Soniak

Reader Jane wrote in to note that clouds look so nice and fluffy and lighter-than-air, so they certainly can’t weigh much. Right?

Why Do Cicadas Spend So Much Time Underground?

Matt Soniak

In 1996, the cicadas of Brood II (the “East Coast Brood”) swarmed the northeastern United States and then disappeared almost as quickly as they came, leaving only their eggs and molted exoskeletons be

Why Don’t Big Dogs Live as Long as Small Dogs?

Matt Soniak

Large animals tend to live longer than smaller ones. But this isn't the case for most breeds of dog. What gives?

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