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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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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?


How the Large Hadron Collider Works

 How the Large Hadron Collider Works

The Large Hadron Collider is a gigantic machine that scientists hope will help them understand the universe. Learn about the Large Hadron Collider. See more »

Does time change speed?

 Does time change speed?

Time dilation is the reason why boring things seem to take so long but time flies when you're having fun. Learn how time dilation affects the speed of time. See more »

How the Doppler Effect Works

 How the Doppler Effect Works

The Doppler effect is why you hear the sound from a moving object change as it nears and passes you. Find out how the Doppler effect works. See more »

What if I threw a penny off the Empire State Building?

 What if I threw a penny off the Empire State Building?

A penny probably wouldn't kill someone, but it would hurt. Read this article to find out what a penny would do, and what could kill someone. See more »

Does gum really stay in you for seven years?

 Does gum really stay in you for seven years?

Gum is the subject of many urban legends with the largest being that it stays in your stomach for seven years. Find out how long gum stays in your system. See more »

What if two people stumbled into quicksand: Would the heavier person sink faster?

 What if two people stumbled into quicksand: Would the heavier person sink faster?

Would a heavier person in quicksand sink faster than a lighter person? Find out if a heavy person in quicksand would sink faster than a lighter person. See more »

Has a surfer discovered the theory of everything?

 Has a surfer discovered the theory of everything?

The theory of everything seeks to explain the workings of every single aspect in the universe. Learn more about A. Garrett Lisi's theory of everything. See more »

Do redheads need extra anesthesia?

 Do redheads need extra anesthesia?

Do redheads need extra anesthesia? According to recent studies, it appears that they do. Learn about the relationship between redheads and anesthesia. See more »

How Quantum Cryptology Works

 How Quantum Cryptology Works

Quantum cryptography uses physics instead of mathematics to encode messages, which provides greater security. Learn about quantum cryptography. See more »

Do parallel universes really exist?

 Do parallel universes really exist?

A parallel universe is said to be related to ours, branch off from ours and may contain extinct animals or humans. Is a parallel universe out there? See more »