Category Archives: Explanations

The Twelve Days of Christmas (or, what am I going to do with all these birds?)

A fun question was put to me yesterday that’s sure to put the math-minded in the holiday spirit: “How many of each gift is given in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas?” Beginning at the beginning, the Partridge in … Continue reading

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What Do You Mean I’m Eating Duck Feathers?!

But I suppose it’s better than eating human hair. Confused? Let me back track. Sometimes being a vegetarian is difficult. And I’m not just talking about the temptation of eating meat. At times, I don’t even know I’m consuming animal … Continue reading

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Water Woes

Like many people, I tend to carry a water bottle around with me most of the time. Unlike a lot of those other people, however, I actually enjoy drinking the contents. I love water, and drinking it continually throughout the … Continue reading

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tooth Staining and More! (way, waaaaaaay more).

About 3 weeks ago, Lisa asked us why adding cream to your coffee (or milk to your tea for those of us with British heritage) would prevent or reduce staining to your teeth.  When I first started looking into this … Continue reading

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And Now…The Chilling Conclusion!

Last month we started to investigate the idea of freezing one’s jeans as a means to kill invading bacteria and thus essentially “cleaning” your pants. What mainly bothered us about this idea was how so many people could accept it … Continue reading

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To Freeze or Not to Freeze (seriously, this is an actual question)

A friend of mine (who shall remain anonymous) recently informed me that he no longer washes his jeans – instead, he sticks them in the freezer overnight. If your face is currently contorting into some incredulous, squinty-eyed configuration, don’t panic! … Continue reading

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And now for a water bottle that WON’T melt

Remember how that nice BPA free bottle melted in a hot car? (but the skittles didn’t?) Obviously a cheapo water bottle would shrivel and disappear in a 1200°C campfire, right? That’s about 2192 °F for our American readers. Right. Yes. … Continue reading

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Daddy, how many atoms are in me?

So asked my 8 year old daughter tonight. Never one to discourage curiosity or budding scientific inquiry, I answered “Lots and lots! Now finish your dinner.” The look she shot back told me she had been hoping for a little more … Continue reading

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I can only use my cancer powers for evil….

First, a big apology for the long hiatus.  Matt was busy studying hard for his MCATs (which he rocked, btw) and applying to med school; and I was getting ready to move to a new city and start a PhD … Continue reading

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Bottle It Up!

The interior of my car gets hot. How hot you ask? Well, I’m not sure of the exact temperature (and being the lazy scientist that I am – I have not bothered measuring it). BUT – I used to have … Continue reading

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