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Explaining the everyday science in the world around us!
Explaining the everyday science in the world around us!

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The human body can produce 300-400 distinct chemical odors. Some of them are insect attractants, and some are insect repellents. Which means that some people are virtually immune to mosquitoes:

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Confusion in two tiny parts of your brain is what causes jet lag, but the whole mess starts in your eyeballs. Josh (of SYSK, of course!) explains how it works -- and how you can help prevent it:

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Ever gotten scalded in the shower when someone flushed a toilet? The reason it happens is simple -- and so is the fix:

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Do you sneeze in sunlight? You're one of the 1/3rd (or less!) of humans who have ACHOO syndrome -- aka a photic sneeze reflex. The nerve equivalent of crossed wires is responsible, and Cristen explains:

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Fact of the Day: Glass is technically neither a liquid nor a solid.

(And hey, I'm going back through some of our early videos and adding the scripts and reference lists to their description text. Hopefully that'll make 'em more helpful for all y'all curious cats out there. /Lauren)

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Lucid dreaming may sound like New Age mumbo jumbo, but it’s not a new thing! Aristotle wrote about it, and Tibetan Buddhists have been practicing dream yoga (milam) for centuries. Modern science has even accepted it as being legit. Well, sorta:

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Anyone else gearing up for +Dragon Con? We won't be there in an official capacity this year, but if you're there, you may spot a few of us hanging out. (If you do, don't be shy!)

The team here at +HowStuffWorks put together a BUNCH of videos to document what we saw at Dragon Con 2014, explore the social science of fandom, and offer up con & costume tips and hacks. (This one's my personal favorite because Holly brought her awesome Animal and Oogie Boogie costumes, and I got to dress up as the girl from The Ring in the office. /Lauren)

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Lauren here! My favorite part about preparing for this episode was reading the IAU's snarky FAQ about buying star names. For example, addressing the question 'Even though it's more accurate to give number designations to stars, wouldn't proper names be more fun?', they say: "Some people might be amused while the present fashion lasts, but it would generate a system of mounting confusion for no factual reason. And this is the opposite of what taxpayers pay scientists to do." Dry science humor <3<3

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Fact of the Day: The active ingredient in most fire extinguishers is baking soda. It decomposes at a balmy 158 degrees F (70 degrees C), releasing CO2 that helps smother the fire.
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