Big Questions, Science

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.

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

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