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Hurricanes Explained:  How and where they form, and their anatomy

Hurricanes Explained: How and where they form, and their anatomy

Relatively Interesting August 30, 2016 0

Hurricanes are one of the most powerful forces on Earth.  These natural disasters have the potential to devastate entire coastal landscapes, putting the lives of millions at risk.  In the summer of 2005, Hurricane

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25 GIFs that explain how things work

25 GIFs that explain how things work

Relatively Interesting March 18, 2016 9

Ever wonder how a zipper works, or how a crocodile can jump straight up out of the water, or how a dog can lap up water while standing up?  These are some of the

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What happens to your body after you die? [WARNING:  Graphic Content]

What happens to your body after you die? [WARNING: Graphic Content]

Relatively Interesting January 6, 2016 2

In the end, we all die.  Depending on how we die will dictate what happens to our bodies afterwards.  In any case, it’s not pretty…  but studying the decomposition of bodies provides valuable data which

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How Slot Machines Work (and why the house always wins)

How Slot Machines Work (and why the house always wins)

Relatively Interesting September 9, 2015 1

Unlike more so-called serious casino games like blackjack or poker, slots are simple and an easy, mindless diversion for those on the casino floor that want their entertainment without thinking too much about it.

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How STI Testing Works

How STI Testing Works

Relatively Interesting August 19, 2015 0

From chlamydia to gonorrhea, genital herpes, syphilis and HIV, there’s a whole range of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to watch out for. It’s possible to get these infections without displaying any symptoms too, meaning

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How the Panama Canal Works

How the Panama Canal Works

Relatively Interesting May 17, 2015 0

The Panama Canal, built from 1881-1914 (with the French trying first, then Americans), connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, taking only 20 or 30 hours for ships to cross its entire length

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How do levitating street performers work?

How do levitating street performers work?

Relatively Interesting February 9, 2015 24

If you’ve had the opportunity to travel around the world, then at some point you may have encountered “levitating” street performers.  The “floating man illusion” is usually set up with one or two people.  In

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How do we know what the ocean floor looks like?  Hydrographic surveying, that’s how.

How do we know what the ocean floor looks like? Hydrographic surveying, that’s how.

Relatively Interesting November 14, 2013 0

In case you are not familiar with what hydrographic surveying is, let us begin with a definition given by the Hydrographic Dictionary (1966, The International Hydrographic Bureau): Hydrography is “that Branch of applied science

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Daylight Savings Time Explained

Daylight Savings Time Explained

Relatively Interesting March 5, 2013 1

It’s March, and for many North Americans, that means Daylight Savings Time  (DST) is near.  So why do the clocks spring forward – and how does Daylight Savings Time work? In short, Daylight Savings

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Why does the moon look bigger on the horizon?

Why does the moon look bigger on the horizon?

Relatively Interesting May 30, 2011 0

An explanation of the “Moon Illusion”. When you look up at the evening sky as the moon begins to rise above the horizon, it seems to swell and then retract as it goes higher

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