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.

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  • What Is MRSA?

    What Is MRSA?

    October 14, 2013 | Article

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a strain of staph bacteria that is resistant to the antibiotics normally used to treat such infections. In 1961, British scientists discovered MRSA; it was first seen in the U.S. in 1968,
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  • What Is a Dry-Ice Bomb?

    What Is a Dry-Ice Bomb?

    October 14, 2013 | Article

    A dry-ice bomb is made with dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide. Making a dry-ice bomb is a fairly simple process, but like any explosive device, they can be dangerous.
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  • Why Do Cats Purr?

    Why Do Cats Purr?

    October 11, 2013 | Article

    For cat lovers, there are few sounds as precious as a beloved feline's purr. The purr is often interpreted as a sign of contentment, but the real reasons for this vocalization are a bit more complicated.
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  • What Is Kale?

    What Is Kale?

    October 08, 2013 | Article

    Kale is a leafy green vegetable (Brassica oleracea) sometimes called borecole. Kale has received a lot of attention in recent years for its powerhouse nutritional benefits, making kale one of the so-called "superfoods."
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  • What Is Molly?

    What Is Molly?

    October 01, 2013 | Article

    Molly is the crystal or powder form of MDMA, a chemical used in the street drug ecstasy. Molly — which has become the drug of choice for many concert goers and festival attendees — increases the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain.
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  • How Would a Government Shutdown Impact Science?

    How Would a Government Shutdown Impact Science?

    September 30, 2013 | Article

    An analysis of the effects of the last government shutdown sheds light on what would happen this time around.
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  • What Is the Illuminati?

    What Is the Illuminati?

    September 30, 2013 | Article

    The Illuminati was an 18th-century secret society made up of influential intellectuals of the time. Also known as the Bavarian Illuminati, they opposed the Church's control over science; promoted the education of women; and opposed state oppression.
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  • What Is Vertigo?

    What Is Vertigo?

    September 25, 2013 | Article

    Many people mistakenly say "vertigo" when they mean fear of heights or simple dizziness. But in medical circles, vertigo refers specifically to a false sensation of movement, usually caused by inner-ear problems.
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  • What Is Ovulation?

    What Is Ovulation?

    September 23, 2013 | Article

    For sex to result in a pregnancy, a woman has to go through ovulation. Part of the monthly menstrual cycle, ovulation happens when an egg, or ovum, becomes available for fertilization by a sperm cell.
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  • Why Is My Poop Green?

    Why Is My Poop Green?

    September 23, 2013 | Article

    It may be alarming to see green poop in your toilet bowl, but it isn't necessarily a cause for concern.
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