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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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Day Sleepers

Can working the late shift cause you to check out early?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 6,2010 - I’ve been working third shift for approximately four years now. I’ve heard all kinds of horror stories about people working third shift living shorter lives ...

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Bullet Bounce

Bullets influenced by Earth's rotation?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 29,2010 - I recently read an article about a Navy SEAL sniper. The author lists possible variables that go into determining a shot, one of which is the rotation of the earth ...

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Can Nature Clean Oil Spills on Its Own?

Oil is biodegradeable, but degrades slowly.

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 22,2010 - The current drama over the Gulf oil spill reminds me of an article some years ago saying that, despite millions spent on massive coastline cleanup following the Exxon Valdez disaster ...

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Playing Dead

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 15,2010 - A story from the ’80s claimed that lime Jell-O gave off brainwaves ...

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Trade Secret

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 8,2010 - How many years ahead of us is DARPA, technologically, and what secrets do you think they may be hiding from us?

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Busted Balls

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 1,2010 - Why does a male feel nauseous, possibly to the point of vomiting, after being struck in the genitals?

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Noses Off

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 25,2010 - Is it true American Indians cut off the noses of adulterous wives? Sounds like European propaganda about “savages.”

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Flying Fart

The truth about getting airborne with flatulence.

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 18,2010 - Cecil tackles an explosive question about the possibility of launching a man with his own gas.

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Quick Draw

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 12,2010 - We recently learned a rapist was loose in our neighborhood when my roommate got an e-mail from her school that included a link to a police sketch of the subject ...
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