Questions

Why Do We Sleep?

Why Do We Sleep?






An average human sleeps for a third of his or her life (1). Other animals can display great variation in their time spent sleeping, ranging from the koala (up to 22 hours) to the giraffe (as little as 1.5 hours) (1). Numerous studies affirm the importance of sleep to health […]

 
 

What Causes Ice to be Slippery?

What Causes Ice to be Slippery?






Chemists and physicists have heavily debated the seemingly simple question of why ice is slippery. Intuition tells us that liquids are mobile and that their presence reduces friction between solids, which is why water on the floor can cause someone to slip. Yet ice is frozen water – a solid. […]

 
 

What is Synesthesia?

What is Synesthesia?






Synesthesia, a rare neurological condition, describes an involuntary, automatic union of the senses or secondary experience caused by an external stimulus. The word “synesthesia” comes from the Greek meaning “to perceive together.” These secondary experiences often occur through separate modes such as an internal auditory association with a visual stimulus. […]

 
 

Why Do Our Fingers Get Wrinkled?

Why Do Our Fingers Get Wrinkled?






At one time or another, most of us have experienced “pruney” fingers, or the exaggerated wrinkling of fingers and toes that results from prolonged exposure to water. Until the early twentieth century, most scientists attributed the pruney fingers phenomenon to osmosis, or the movement of water into dry outer layers […]

 
 

Is Our Collective IQ Increasing?

Is Our Collective IQ Increasing?






The Flynn Effect is the observation that intelligence quotient (IQ) test scores have, on average, increased significantly from the 1930s to the present day. IQ tests are intended to have an average score of 100. However, psychologists revise the test every couple years in order to maintain this numerical average. […]

 
 
 
 
 

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