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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 the Doppler Effect Works

At an intersection, you hear the pitch of the train's horn go up and then back down after the train has passed. Why?


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 »

What if you were on an elevator and the cable broke?

 What if you were on an elevator and the cable broke?

Elevator cables are what pull an elevator up and down the shaft. What would happen if they snapped? Find out what would happen if the elevator cables snapped. See more »

 How does saturation diving work?

In the news coverage of the Russian submarine accident, I read that the Norwegian salvage divers used a technique called saturation diving, whereby they could stay underwater for days to weeks at a time. How does saturation diving work? See more »

How do you calculate G-forces?

 How do you calculate G-forces?

G-force is explained in this article. Learn about G-force. See more »

Can you make time stand still?

 Can you make time stand still?

Making time stand still is explained in this article. Learn about making time stand still. See more »

Why shouldn't I swim right after I eat?

 Why shouldn't I swim right after I eat?

This is something I've heard all my life, but I've always wondered about: Why is it dangerous to go swimming right after I eat? Could I really drown? See more »

How Teleportation Will Work

 How Teleportation Will Work

Teleportation combines properties of telecommunications and transportation. Learn about experiments in teleportation, quantum teleportation and genetic cloning. See more »

How Time Travel Works

 How Time Travel Works

Time travel is a concept that has existed in science-fiction for hundreds of years. Learn about time travel and find out how time travel will work. See more »