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Robo Flop

Is it possible to create a humanlike robot?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 14,2010 - The question is whether it’s likely. My guess: no. Here’s why. What’s the point ...

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Hunger Pains

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 7,2010 - I’ve heard it often said and experienced it myself on various continents (including Asia): you enjoy a terrific Chinese, or Thai, or Malay dinner, only to feel hungry again a short while later.

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Nuclear Wind

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 31,2010 - Are nuclear power plants built to withstand a direct hit from a tornado?

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Baking Buzz

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 24,2010 - I read a letter to Dear Abby from someone who had served cupcakes made with Kahlua liqueur. A co-worker claimed she’d gotten drunk from one cupcake ...

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Booze Train

Why did old railroad towns became ghost towns?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 17,2010 - In the Donald E. Westlake novel Drowned Hopes, character Tom Jimson says Oklahoma remained dry following the repeal of Prohibition and was so feisty about it ...

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Emucide

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 10,2010 - Recently, my roommate, an unusually trustworthy fellow, told me about the 1932 “emu war” in Australia. He said 1932 was a dry year that made 20,000 emus restless, causing them to invade a

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Rock-a-Bye BB

Do binaural beats change your mood?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 3,2010 - Can listening to a strange tone for hours on end really put me in a different mood other than annoyed?

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Punching Power

Can movie punches translate to real life?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 27,2010 - In the movie Rocky IV, Ivan Drago registers a 2,150-psi punch. That seems unrealistic to me ...

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Petri Pie

Nuke the pizza, kill the bacteria?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 20,2010 - If I take a piece of pizza that’s been sitting on the table awhile and microwave it for one minute, would that kill bacteria and decrease the chance of food poisoning ...

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Unclean Coal

The challenges of cleaning clean coal.

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 13,2010 - I’ve been reading about clean coal technology-in particular, coal gasification and its use in power production ...
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