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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Why We Love Sweet Foods but Hate Vegetables

Throughout our evolutionary history, our ancestors faced numerous challenges that impeded their survival, such as extreme climate and potential predators. In terms of food, they also faced two distinct types of dangers. On one hand, food is essential to sustain...

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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...