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What is the fermi paradox?
Weird
Given the sheer vastness of our universe, it seems impossible that we're all alone out here. The odds of life "finding a way" has to be a sure thing, right? If that's the case, then where are all the aliens? ...
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Do Diamonds really last forever
Science
You’ve probably heard the phrase on television, seen it in a magazine ad or even contained within the title of a James Bond movie. Of course, we’re talking ...
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What is fusion power?
Science
Nuclear fusion is the engine which powers the stars. Many considered it to be the "holy grail" of energy technology. But what is fusion, and how does it work? ...
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Does hot water freeze faster?
Science
One common factoid claims that hot water will freeze faster than cold water. Is there any truth to the claim? Does hot water freeze faster than cold water? ...
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Why Do Deserts Form Where They Do?
Fun Facts
Deserts are areas of land that immediately evoke thoughts of vast sand dunes, heat, a baking sun and parched lands. They can be found on every continent and come in all shapes and sizes. ...
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Definitive guide to exoplanets
Science
One of the biggest space discoveries over the last 20 years was the confirmation of exoplanets. This is our definitive guide. ...
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Nagasaki and Hiroshima radioactivity
History
During WW2, the U.S. dropped not one, but two nuclear bombs on Japanese cities. It led one reader to ask, "Are Nagasaki and Hiroshima still radioactive?" ...
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Did penguins inhabit the Northern Hemisphere?
History
The Southern Hemisphere is home to those familiar, black and white flightless birds we know as the penguin. But what about the Northern Hemisphere? Are there any species of penguin that once called the Arctic Circle home? ...
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Does honey last indefinitely?
Fun Facts
It can be found under Snapple lids, heard on trivia shows, or read about in a chain emails forwarded to you by relatives. That claim is that honey is the only food that cannot not spoil. Is there any truth to this? Does honey really last forever? ...
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How Long Can You Survive Off Body Fat?
Health
Our digestive system converts the food we eat into energy which our body uses to keep itself going. The surplus or extra energy which we don’t use gets ...
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Hoover Dam Longevity
History
Even today, 75 years after it was built, it remains one of the largest, most reliable hydroelectric generators in the US. Something like that can't last forever, can it? Does the Hoover Dam have a set lifespan or expiration date? ...
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Does a hot beverage cool you down?
Health
One common factoid that has been circulating the internet recently is that drinking a hot beverage on a hot day will cool you down. Is there any science behind this seemingly counterintuitive claim? ...
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Phosphene Eye Flash
Science
Sometimes, when you shut your eyes tightly or are in a pitch black room, your eyes decide it's time for a light show. Random, psychedelic-like patterns and flashes of color will dance around your field of vision like it's 1969. ...
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Arm wrestling advantages
Fun Facts
When an arm wrestling challenge arises in bars or backyards, one person is always accused of having an unfair advantage because he or she has longer or shorter arms. ...
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ringing in the ears
Health
It happens to everyone. All of the sudden, with no warning or apparent cause, one or both of your ears starts to ring. A seemingly high pitched sound that can be distracting at times. ...
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The future of space flight
Science
The use of chemical based rockets to leave our planet and explore space is a dead end technology. It's old, outdated and it's extremely inefficient. Certainly we've discovered and improved upon newer technology in these last 60 years, right? ...
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