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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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How many regular-sized helium-filled balloons would it take to lift someone?

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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 »

Can sandpaper light a match?

Can sandpaper light a match? Visit HowStuffWorks.com to learn if you can light a match with sandpaper. See more »

How long does it take for plastics to biodegrade?

How long does it take for plastics to biodegrade?

How long does it take for plastics to biodegrade is answered in the article by HowStuffWorks.com. Find out what causes this complex material to biodegrade. See more »

Are solar car battery chargers effective?

Are solar car battery chargers effective?

How effective are solar car batteries? Check out this article and find out by HowStuffWorks.com. See more »

How does a driving simulator replicate dangerous situations?

How does a driving simulator replicate dangerous situations?

To test the safety on automotives, most automotive companies turn to driving simulators, but how do they do it? Find out with this article by HowStuffWorks.com. See more »

Top 5 Programs Finding New Uses for Old Technologies

Top 5 Programs Finding New Uses for Old Technologies

See which top 5 programs are finding new uses for old technologies in this article by HowStuffWorks.com. Find what technologies are making a come back in new useful ways. See more »

Do we need biodegradable plastics?

Do we need biodegradable plastics?

No all plastic is biodegradable. Could using more biodegradable plastic help our environment? Do we really need it? Find out if we really need biodegradable plastic with this article by HowStuffWorks.com. See more »