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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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Will we ever unite quantum mechanics with general relativity?

 Will we ever unite quantum mechanics with general relativity?

Will we ever unite quantum mechanics with general relativity? Find out about the relationship between quantum mechanics and general relativity. See more »

10 Signs What You're Reading Online Is Bogus

 10 Signs What You're Reading Online Is Bogus

Don't believe everything you read -- especially if it's online. Learn how to spot the signs that what you're reading online is bogus. See more »

10 Tips for Telling Fact From Fiction

 10 Tips for Telling Fact From Fiction

It can be hard to tell fact from fiction. Here are 10 tips to help you tell fact from fiction. See more »

10 Crazy Hoaxes That Duped the World

 10 Crazy Hoaxes That Duped the World

Hoaxes have been around for centuries, and as crazy as some of them are, people still believe them. Learn about 10 crazy hoaxes that duped the world. See more »

10 Surprisingly Believable Bits of Malarkey

 10 Surprisingly Believable Bits of Malarkey

Some malarkey is so believable, it's turned many of us into inadvertent purveyors of hogwash. What are 10 surprisingly believable bits of malarkey? See more »

Why do people believe things that science has proved untrue?

 Why do people believe things that science has proved untrue?

Why do people believe things that science has proved untrue? Learn about belief perseverance and why people believe things science has proved false. See more »

10 Completely False 'Facts' Everyone Knows

 10 Completely False 'Facts' Everyone Knows

False facts, urban legends and misconceptions litter the field of science. Learn about 10 completely false facts everyone knows. See more »

5 Sickest Teleporter Accidents Ever

 5 Sickest Teleporter Accidents Ever

Teleporter accidents in sci-fi make us wonder if teleportation is really a good idea. Learn about 5 of the sickest teleporter accidents ever. See more »

Why do we have leap years?

 Why do we have leap years?

Why do we have leap years? Read about keeping accurate time and why we have leap years at HowStuffWorks. See more »

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