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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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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Are Warts Contagious?
Laser Wart Removal
May 29th, 2014
Warts are growths on the surface of the skin caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).
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How Do Tornadoes Form?
May 12th, 2014
Tornadoes are one of the most destructive natural forces on Earth. Though scientists don't entirely understand how tornadoes form, they do have a good idea about the conditions that cause tornadoes to develop.
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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 Is the Sky Blue?
June 9th, 2014
Why is the sky blue? The light coming from the sun is made of many colors, each of which has a different wavelength.
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Are Mermaids Real?
A mermaid swims in a pool
May 25th, 2014
In mythology, mermaids have existed for thousands of years. The first mermaid myths may have originated around 1000 B.C. And even explorers like Christopher Columbus are said to have spotted the half-woman, half-fish creatures, which were likely manatees.
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