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How Come You Never See a Baby Housefly?

16 Jul 2021

Simple. Because baby houseflies don’t exist. A little backgrounder on the flies’ reproductive cycle can clear up this apparent conundrum. Within a week of mating, a doggie-style activity lasting...

What is Safety Glass?

2 Jul 2021

Basically, glass that keeps you safe from flying shards should you be nearby when it breaks. There are two types of safety glass, laminated and tempered. The laminated version has an interesting...

Candles: What do they emit when lit?

25 Jun 2021

Catherine Wang is a biomedical science student at McGill University, specializing in anatomy and cell biology.

Are “forever” chemicals in cosmetics dangerous?

18 Jun 2021

Many cosmetics come with promises to make us look “forever young.” But there are some suggestions that many contain “forever” chemicals that may actually interfere with our efforts to prevent aging...

Can Vaccines Make Our Body Magnetic?

11 Jun 2021

Now I’m even more attracted to the COVID vaccines than I used to be! That’s because I recently learned that they do not only equip us with antibodies against the virus, they also make our bodies...

Why does lettuce turn brown?

4 Jun 2021

That’s an interesting question. How lettuce turns brown is well known. But why this happens is a different story. Let's deal with the how first. The chemistry that takes place when lettuce leaves...

Can someone really suffocate from being covered with gold paint like Jill Masterson in Goldfinger?

28 May 2021

No. We do not breathe through our skin. James Bond seemingly was unaware of this fact given that after discovering the golden corpse he tells M: “She died of skin suffocation, it’s been known to...

What is that smell when I get a root canal done?

8 Jan 2021

Undergoing a root canal procedure is not one of the great pleasures of life, but it is a highly effective technique for saving teeth. The idea is to remove the diseased pulp of a tooth and then...

Table salt, kosher salt, sea salt, Himalayan salt. Which one should I buy?

22 Oct 2020

Salt was the first seasoning used by our ancestors. They got it by evaporating seawater, or by mining it. The origin of salt deposits in the ground can also be traced back to oceans which no longer...

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