EVERYDAY MYTHS

There are certain aspects of everyday science that we think of as fact, but in reality may be pure urban legend. In this section, you can learn about some of the everyday science myths you may encounter.
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Has a surfer discovered the theory of everything?

Surfer and physicist A. Garrett Lisi may have solved one of physics' greatest mysteries -- the theory of everything. It's a mathematical link to how the universe works.

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  • Can you make a WiFi network out of a bus?

    Can you make a WiFi network out of a bus?

    People in remote areas can't just connect to the Internet anytime they want. To solve that problem, United Villages has outfitted a number of buses with WiFi equipment. But there's a catch -- it's not a direct connection. See more »

  • Can you make an incubator out of a car?

    Can you make an incubator out of a car?

    Incubators can save the lives of premature babies, but the devices are expensive and people in developing countries may not be able to afford them. One organization has found a way to help by repurposing old cars. See more »

  • Can you make time stand still?

    Can you make time stand still?

    If you were to fly west around the world, fast enough so that you crossed one time zone every hour, would you stand still in time? See more »

  • Can you really be double-jointed?

    Can you really be double-jointed?

    Can you do creepy, bendy things with your fingers that freak out your friends? You might have been called double-jointed. What's really going on with those joints of yours? See more »

  • Could baseball players learn more from physics class than spring training?

    Could baseball players learn more from physics class than spring training?

    And, here comes the pitch. Hey Bob, is that player reading a physics textbook at bat? Strike! Wait, Bob, he's put down the book and is getting ready to swing. And -- it's outta here. That guy in the lab coat has scored a home run! See more »

  • Could holiday foods help save the planet?

    Could holiday foods help save the planet?

    After awhile, all that holiday eating starts to feel gluttonous and wasteful. But it doesn't have to be. Maybe you can't change the world all by yourself, but there are a few ways you can make your holiday food consumption a bit gentler on the planet. See more »

  • Do parallel universes really exist?

    Do parallel universes really exist?

    Remember that traffic accident you avoided the other day? In another universe, you died. Or at least you did according to the Many-Worlds theory. See more »

  • Do redheads need extra anesthesia?

    Do redheads need extra anesthesia?

    According to recent studies, it appears gingers need extra anesthesia to put them under during surgery. The same gene that gives redheads their hair color is apparently responsible for the way the body handles pain. See more »

  • Do we need biodegradable plastics?

    Do we need biodegradable plastics?

    Plastics that aren't recycled tend to hang around our planet like houseguests who have worn out their welcome. Can biodegradable plastics, which may break down in fewer than 90 days, change that scenario? See more »

  • Does a hush really pass over a crowded room 20 minutes after the hour?

    Does a hush really pass over a crowded room 20 minutes after the hour?

    You're talking with a group of people when, with no apparent warning, everyone stops talking. Is it just an awkward silence or a pregnant pause? Or is this silence something more? See more »

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