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Mine Craft

Could asteroids change earth's orbit?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 10,2012 - Space companies looking to mine asteroids are thinking of bringing them into orbit for easier access. Wouldn’t several of these asteroids eventually pull on the planet so much they would change the orbit of the earth

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Snips Save

Try castration for longer life

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 1,2012 - No significant difference between the lifespans of intact and neutered animals of either sex

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Gold Rush

Can science make gold yet?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 27,2012 - So ... after all those decades of physics and chemistry, can science transmute base substances into gold?

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Happy Now?

Does reassignment make transsexuals happy?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 18,2012 - In a recent Straight Dope Message Board thread about transsexuality, one commenter offered the following: “People who have gender identity disorders ... are just dudes dressing up as chicks and/or dudes

News Quirks

Our Bad

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 6,2012 - A Government Accountability Office review of the current military Base Realignment and Closure program found that its estimated implementation cost had risen from $21 billion when it was approved in 2005 to $35 billion

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Looks Aren't Everything

... Or are they?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 6,2012 - Evolution as I understand it favors selection of traits giving a species the best chance of reproductive success. Mates who are healthy, strong, faithful, hard-working, generous and so on seem more apt to produce offspring who survive till reproductive age than those who aren’t.

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Sleep & Spell

Why is it "Catching some Zs"?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 30,2012 - Why is the letter Z, specifically, associated with sleeping? It seems silly to have a letter correspond with sleep at all, but even sillier that we don’t do this with any other action.

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Stone Begone

Is there a cure for kidney stones?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 21,2012 - My mother is prone to kidney stones—no problems in a while, but lately she’s had symptoms that made her think perhaps she was cooking up a new stone or two.

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True Lies

Is Wikipedia reliable yet?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 16,2012 - In a column a while back, you told your assistant Una to “quit with the Wikipedia” because “from the standpoint of reliability, Wikipedia might as well be written by gorillas.”

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Power Down

What's the real EMP danger?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 9,2012 - Is it true an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) would stop cars and trucks, and they would not run until fixed? Would our stores be empty of food because trucks could not move food to them?
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