Category: Everyday Science

Everyday Science articles explain common occurrences, like what makes methanol toxic, and why the color blue is so rare in nature.

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The Chemistry of Cats and Catnip

If you didn’t already know, cats love catnip (also known as catmint)! The mere smell of the plant drives many felines into a state of euphoria, strangely eliciting the same sequence of playful behavior. The catnip response highlights a unique...

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Why Do Hot Springs Smell Bad? Hydrogen Sulfide is to Blame

Hot springs are popular throughout the world, especially in colder climates. There’s nothing like soaking your body in steaming hot water surrounded by picturesque views of snow-capped mountains. But hang on. Why is there an odor of rotten eggs coming...

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The Quantum Computer Lurking Inside Your Brain

When a particle gets small enough, it starts to behave strangely, like having the ability to be in two places at once. Protons, electrons and even whole atoms can exhibit these quantum effects and perform logic-defying acts. By studying these...