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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What does CERN mean for the future of the universe?

CERN is a European research organization dedicated to the study of very tiny particles. Could they discover time travel?

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  • 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 »

  • Does gum really stay in you for seven years?

    Does gum really stay in you for seven years?

    Whether you chew to freshen your breath or blow a big bubble, you probably shouldn't swallow gum. But does it really stay in your body for seven years if you do? See more »

  • Does hybrid car production waste offset hybrid benefits?

    Does hybrid car production waste offset hybrid benefits?

    The hybrid car may be the savior of the automobile industry, but its production processes have come under fire of late. The car may be green, but what about the way the car actually gets made? See more »

  • Does rational science have room for irrational belief?

    Does rational science have room for irrational belief?

    The Bible teaches that faith is "the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" -- a concept that must drive scientists insane. Yet, you'll often find rational thinkers using science to prove some incredibly irrational beliefs. See more »

  • Does the five second rule really work?

    Does the five second rule really work?

    You're starving and you just dropped your chocolate on the floor. Are you the type who blurts, "Five second rule!" and gobbles it anyway, or the kind who mourns its loss? Let's look at the science behind contamination. See more »

  • Does the Higgs boson exist?

    Does the Higgs boson exist?

    It could be that the hunt for the Higgs is a little like Christopher Columbus' famous 1492 voyage, full of surprising discoveries that take particle physicists to places they never anticipated. How's that voyage going anyhow? See more »

  • Does the rotation of the Earth affect toilets and baseball games?

    Does the rotation of the Earth affect toilets and baseball games?

    The world's intelligentsia has managed to convince us that the Earth is round and makes a full rotation once every 24 hours. Why can't they agree on the effects of that rotation on toilets and ball games? See more »

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