A Life Spent Wondering

Why Does Orange Juice Taste So Bitter After Brushing?

Why Does Orange Juice Taste So Bitter After Brushing?

One of the mistakes I learned growing up was brushing my teeth right before eating breakfast, sitting down, and with a minty mouth, going for the OJ. One sip is all it took to realize something had gone horribly wrong. What are they putting in the toothpaste to make OJ lose its wonderful flavor? read more

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What Causes Thunder?

What Causes Thunder?

Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the warmer seasons is being able to experience the fierceness of a thunderstorm, watching lightning turn the night into day and being humbled by the roar of nature as thunder echoes in the air. What is it about a storm that produces thunder? read more

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The Higgs Boson

The Higgs Boson

On July 4th as America celebrated its 236th birthday, people came together for a conference in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss important data regarding one of the biggest mysteries in the universe. For the past few years, two groups at the Large Hadron Collider - ATLAS and CMS - have been on the hunt for an elusive particle linked to a field that is responsible for giving mass to other particles in the universe. read more

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Half-mast is Eerier Than You Thought

Half-mast is Eerier Than You Thought

Most people have seen it before, a flag positioned halfway down the pole to represent the passing and mourning of a prominent figure. Whether it be the death of famous person or a brave, local town hero, the gesture is the same. It seems to be a tradition not only locally, but all across the globe. Where did such a uniting symbol originate? read more

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Reversed Flag Patch?

Reversed Flag Patch?

If you have seen someone in Army uniform, then you may have seen an American flag patch on their arm. It isn't too tough to imagine why they would wear a patch representing the country they fight for. The confusing thing is sometimes the patch is reversed, with the stars of the flag being at the top right instead of the left. It seems counter-intuitive, but surely the Army knows what they're doing, right? read more

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Blue Skies and Orange Sunsets

Blue Skies and Orange Sunsets

I once heard that the sky is blue because it reflects the ocean and the ocean is blue because it reflects the sky. It's not a very satisfying answer. How would a system like that even start? Thankfully humans have the ability to reason and decades of science has culminated into an answer that is not only logical, but elegantly simple. read more

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The Origin of the Teddy Bear

The Origin of the Teddy Bear

Every kid has their favorite stuffed animal growing up, and for many it is the stuffed bear. Maybe it is the smile it has, or the soft fur you can lay your face against or just the comfort of having a companion to help fight against the monsters at night. Whatever the case may be, through the decades the teddy bear has become so popular that they have practically become synonymous with childhood. How did such a simple idea become so popular? read more

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Do Power Wristbands Actually Do Anything?

Do Power Wristbands Actually Do Anything?

You have probably seen the commercial before. A wristband that, when worn, gives the user amazing abilities. Suddenly they can breath easier, they have more energy, and they can even balance properly! All that from a simple bracelet with a hologram on it. Could it really be that magical? read more

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