A Life Spent Wondering

What Causes Leaves to Change Color in Autumn?

What Causes Leaves to Change Color in Autumn?

When it comes to seasonal scenery, Autumn provides some of the best views. As the trees' leaves change from green, we are given one last treat from nature before another frigid winter takes center stage. What is it about the leaves that generate these color changes? read more

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Earth's Radio Bubble

Earth's Radio Bubble

The first radio broadcast was made from Brant Rock, Massachusetts on Christmas Eve, 1906, when Reginald Fessenden sent out a Christmas concert to a fleet of ships located in the Atlantic and Caribbean. Since then, radio technology has become a ubiquitous technology for people all across the world. But while these radio waves have been great for communicating between ourselves, they are not all necessarily destined to stay on Earth. read more

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Why Isn't Pluto a Planet?

Why Isn't Pluto a Planet?

NASA successfully flew its New Horizons probe past Pluto on July 14, 2015. Among the data it sent back were brilliant images showing Pluto in sharper detail than ever seen before. These pictures show what certainly looks to be a planet, and yet with all this new information, scientists still won't assign it planetary status. What gives? read more

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Where the Earth's Oxygen is Generated

Where the Earth's Oxygen is Generated

If someone were to ask, “where does Earth's oxygen come from?” your thoughts may jump to the plants, the trees, the rainforest. Vegetation does take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, after all. It's what we were all taught in school—and it's undoubtedly true—but this is only half the story. read more

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Why Everyone Else on the Road Drives Like a Fool, but Not You

Why Everyone Else on the Road Drives Like a Fool, but Not You

You witness a person you swerve abruptly, hit the brakes out of nowhere, drive down a one-way the wrong direction, or perform any other seemingly nonsensical maneuver. Fool! Idiot! Are you blind?! What. A. Moron! Why is it, though, that if you yourself make a mistake, you never think to criticize yourself the same way? read more

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Why Do Knuckles Crack?

Why Do Knuckles Crack?

For some, cracking their knuckles is a daily routine. Others can't stand the sound of it. Regardless of which camp you fall into, there has always been one major, unanswered question: what causes the cracking sound? read more

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Why is a Martian Sunset Blue?

Why is a Martian Sunset Blue?

The good folks over at NASA recently released a new Vine from the red planet. Back in November, 2010, scientists instructed the Opportunity rover to focus its cameras on the horizon and take photos of the sun as it set on the martian landscape. After beaming the images back to Earth, they were stitched together to create a stunning video of a true sunset on another world, but this was not like a sunset on Earth... this sunset was blue. read more

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What is the Inspiration Behind the Times Square Ball Drop?

What is the Inspiration Behind the Times Square Ball Drop?

Every December 31st, millions of people fix their eyes upon Times Square. Whether people decide to brave the crowds in person or watch from the comfort of their homes, everyone is waiting for just one event: the infamous ball drop to ring in the new year. What was the inspiration for this concept that keeps us watching time and time again? read more

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