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.

  • How Do Green Screens Work?

    How Do Green Screens Work?

    August 18, 2016 | Article

    Green screens' brightness and vivid color allows technicians to replace parts of film and TV images with anything from animated weather maps to the icy Wall guarded by Castle Black.
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  • Does Sugar Make Kids Hyper?

    Does Sugar Make Kids Hyper?

    August 15, 2016 | Article

    If a child eats cotton candy, a chocolate bar or any other kind of sugary treat, will a hyperactive frenzy follow? While some parents may swear that the answer is "yes," research shows that it's just not true.
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  • How Does Latte Art Work?

    How Does Latte Art Work?

    August 09, 2016 | Article

    This is how they make those designs on top of a cappuccino.
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  • Why Are Gymnasts So Flexible?

    Why Are Gymnasts So Flexible?

    August 04, 2016 | Article

    Gymnasts can do handsprings, splits and triple twists while airborne — extraordinary feats of flexibility and strength that make their sport one of the most popular during the Summer Olympics. But how are these athletes so incredibly flexible?
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  • How Did the Pentagon Building Get Its Shape?

    How Did the Pentagon Building Get Its Shape?

    August 03, 2016 | Article

    How did the Pentagon get its name? Well, that's a no-brainer. But how did the Department of Defense headquarters get its shape? That's a longer story.
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  • What's the Fastest Language to Type In?

    What's the Fastest Language to Type In?

    August 01, 2016 | Article

    This is a more nuanced question than one might think. Do you have any guesses as to which language someone could tap into a mobile device the fastest?
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  • What Makes Yellowstone's Hot Springs So Colorful?

    What Makes Yellowstone's Hot Springs So Colorful?

    August 01, 2016 | Article

    The iconic image of Yellowstone is an expansive spring with rainbow-like colors radiating from its center, dominated by a fiery orange hue at its edges. Here's what's causing those "made for picture books" color-scapes.
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  • How Did Dinosaurs Communicate?

    How Did Dinosaurs Communicate?

    July 27, 2016 | Article

    Dinosaurs didn't have email or text messages to keep in touch, but scientists are quite certain the beasts engaged in dialogue. Those communications likely included hoots and hollers, cracking sounds, dance and song, and even symbolic love calls.
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  • Do Dogs Sweat?

    Do Dogs Sweat?

    July 27, 2016 | Article

    How do dogs cool themselves down?
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  • The World's 6 Smallest Mammals

    The World's 6 Smallest Mammals

    July 26, 2016 | Countdown

    Life's Little Mysteries has rounded up the smallest mammals in the world the teeny, tiniest of which is the size of a bumblebee.
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