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Hurricane Ida Rapidly Evolved Into a Monster Storm. An Oceanographer Explains Why

    As Hurricane Ida headed into the Gulf of Mexico, a team of scientists was closely watching a giant, slowly swirling pool of warm water direc…

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Why hurricanes devastate some places over and over again: A meteorologist explains

    Twenty-five years of Atlantic tropical storm tracks, ranging from tropical depressions in dark blue to hurricanes in yellows and reds. Credi…

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What's a 100-year flood? A hydrologist explains

    Credit: CC0 Public DomainA 100-year flood, like a 100-year storm, is one so severe it has only a 1% chance of hitting in any given year.Unfo…

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This Math Explains Why Cauliflowers Look Too Oddly Perfect

    Have you ever stared at a cauliflower before preparing it and got lost in its stunningly beautiful pattern? Probably not, if you are in your…

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The Reason Reading Makes You Sleepy

    The book didn't stand a chance.fotostorm/iStock via Getty ImagesYou’ve finally tucked yourself into bed and cracked open the detective…

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What Would Actually Happen If You Drank Saltwater?

    Your body will not thank you.warrengoldswain/iStock via Getty ImagesSoon after you learn not to eat sand, you’re taught the next crucial le…

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Carl Sagan Explains the Fourth Dimension

    We're all pretty familiar with the first three dimensions -- after all, we experience those dimensions daily as we move about our world…

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Brian Cox Explains the Large Hadron Collider

    The CERN Large Hadron Collider made the news last month when a lawsuit was filed by Walter Wagner, over his concerns that the LHC's exp…

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A Mathemusician Explains How Sound Works

    Self-proclaimed "recreational mathemusician" Vi Hart has posted an excellent short film explaining the science and mathematics of sound, fre…

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A Woman With Number/Color Synesthesia Explains Her Brain

    Alex Dainis has grapheme to color synesthesia, meaning that within her brain, numbers have strong associations with colors -- "each number h…

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Science Explains Why People Are Attracted to Jerks

    Getty ImagesWe all know at least one: That friend who complains incessantly about his fickle girlfriend, and yet keeps going back to her, ev…

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Science Explains Why Some Movies Make Millions (While Others Flop)

    iStockThe whims of the box office can be hard to predict. Will that new J-Lo movie be a Maid in Manhattan (which made $94 million) or a Gigl…

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Carl Sagan Explains the Drake Equation

    YouTube / Davies RobinsonProfessor Frank Drake proposed an equation that could be used to estimate the number of detectable extraterrestrial…

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Scientists Decode Bedbug Genome, and It Explains Why They’re So Hard to Kill

    Benoit GuenardYou may remember when “Don’t let the bedbugs bite” was just a cute thing parents said to their children. These days, though…

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Science Explains This Duck’s Rare Pink Feathers

    Illustration by Henrik Grönvold via Wikimedia Commons // Public DomainAs anyone who’s ever seen a peacock or a hummingbird can attest, bir…

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Science Explains Why Your Lab Is Always Hungry

    iStockDogs love food. Some love it more than others, and some of those are Labrador retrievers—the bottomless pits of the canine world. Sci…

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How Hand Sanitizer Works (And Why It Isn't a Substitute for Soap)

    iStockYou likely know it's mostly alcohol. So why doesn't hand sanitizer look, smell, and feel like the stuff doctors use to clean…

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Isolation vs. Quarantine: What's the Difference?

    Coronavirus precautions have led to questions over methods of isolation. LucaLorenzelli/iStock via Getty ImagesAs the new coronavirus, which…

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5 Important Dos and Don’ts When You’ve Gotten Your COVID-19 Vaccine

    A post-vaccine thumbs up is recommended.FG Trade/iStock via Getty ImagesYou’ve just left the pharmacy—or school gym, or baseball stadium, …

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(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Tear Gas

    Londoners undergo a gas exercise for civilians, using tear gas, in 1941.Keystone/Getty ImagesProtests against racism and police brutality, t…

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ExtremeTech Explains: What is a Neural Net?

    Photo: Mike MacKenzie, FlickrAs Moore’s Law approaches its endgame, the technosphere has looked to different and more diverse approach…

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Extinct style of plate tectonics explains ea

    The 1.4-billion-year-old rocks in Labrador, Canada, are some of the most well-studied remnants of Proterozoic mountains. Credit: Christopher…

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