Life's Little Mysteries

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.

  • Is Coffee Bad For You?

    Is Coffee Bad For You?

    February 20, 2014 | Article

    Coffee has both positive and negative effects on the body and mind, but the benefits appear to outweigh the harms for most people.
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  • Why Do Freezing Pipes Burst?

    Why Do Freezing Pipes Burst?

    February 14, 2014 | Article

    Bursting water pipes are a major concern when winter temperatures drop below freezing. But why do freezing pipes burst?
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  • How Do You Get Pink Eye?

    How Do You Get Pink Eye?

    February 11, 2014 | Article

    Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, develops when the transparent membrane, or conjunctiva, lining the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball gets inflamed. You can get pink eye from someone else if their bacterial or viral infection passes to you.
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  • What Is Dew Point?

    What Is Dew Point?

    February 11, 2014 | Article

    Compared to relative humidity, dew point is frequently cited as a more accurate way of measuring the humidity and comfort of air, since it is an absolute measurement (unlike relative humidity).
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  • What Is Communism?

    What Is Communism?

    January 30, 2014 | Article

    Though the term "communism" can refer to specific political parties, at its core, communism is an ideology of economic equality through the elimination of private property.
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  • When Was Jesus Born?

    When Was Jesus Born?

    January 30, 2014 | Article

    Although millions of people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25, most scholars agree that he wasn't born on that day, or even in the year 1 A.D.
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  • What Happens When You Die?

    What Happens When You Die?

    January 29, 2014 | Article

    There's only one group of people who really know what happens when you die: the dead. And since the dead won't be revealing their secrets anytime soon, it's up to scientists to explain what happens when a person dies.
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  • What Causes Skin Tags?

    What Causes Skin Tags?

    January 29, 2014 | Article

    The common skin growth called a skin tag, or acrochordon, usually develops in folds of skin and causes little to no harm. Still, these growths can be irritating, and doctors can easily remove them.
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  • How Fast Does Hair Grow?

    How Fast Does Hair Grow?

    January 27, 2014 | Article

    Most studies measuring the rate of hair growth haven't taken into account the race of study participants. A 2005 study found a difference among races in the rate of hair growth. Asian hair grows the fastest, while African hair grows the slowest.
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  • When Was the Internet Invented?

    When Was the Internet Invented?

    January 21, 2014 | Article

    Ideas about a technology that could connect people via a global, hardwired network have abounded since at least the 1930s. But the information hub that we know today as the Internet traces its origins back to 1958.
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