Life's Little Mysteries answers fascinating questions about the world around you and the stuff in it, from things in the news and on your mind to crazy questions you didn't even know you had. Our team of experienced reporters and editors do serious research while having loads of fun explaining the world's objects and phenomena, both natural and man-made.
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Are Big Brains Smarter?
an illustration of neurons in the human brain
February 3rd, 2016
Humans boast the biggest brains, relative to body size, in the animal kingdom.
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What If All of Earth's Insects Keeled Over?
Dragonfly (<em>Platycnemis pennipes</em>) covered in dew drops.
November 11th, 2015
Sure mosquito bites and insect-carried diseases would be out of the picture, but without these pesky six-legged critters, the world as we know would not exist. In fact, we may not exist.
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How Do Fossils Form?
first bird fossil
September 21st, 2015
Even plants and animals like to leave a good impression.
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Why Does the Sound of Water Help You Sleep?
Waves cascading over rocks.
January 18th, 2016
The crash of ocean waves and the pitter-patter of rain on shingles — these sounds may lull a person to sleep. Part of the reason for agua's dreamy effects lies in how the brain interprets noises as either threats or non-threats.
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Why Is Water So Essential for Life?
Salty water streaks on Mars
September 29th, 2015
Scientists recently announced they had discovered flowing water on Mars, boosting the odds of extraterrestrial life, but why is water so essential to life in the first place?
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Does Everyone Have a Look-Alike?
Asian twins girls smile look at each other isolated on white background.
September 5th, 2015
Thanks to the limited number of genes available to make a human, there's a fairly decent chance that everyone has a look-alike. Of course, there are several nuances that can shift the likelihood of your doppelganger.
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Why Does the Moon Shine?
3rd Full Moon
May 29th, 2014
The moon shines because its surface reflects light from the sun. But because of its orbit around Earth, the lighting goes through phases.
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Why Does the Moon Turn Red During a Total Lunar Eclipse?
September 27th, 2015
Tonight, an oversized ruby-colored sphere will rise in the sky as a total lunar eclipse turns the normally pallid moon scarlet.
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Why Are Some Glaciers Blue?
sea ice
May 30th, 2015
Blue-ice areas are patches of ice where wind and evaporation have scoured glaciers clean of snow.
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