Winged War

Are scarecrows effective?

Bloody Nonsense

Mama Trauma

What is the impact of a traumatic event on human development?

Ad-tention

Does advertising work?
Thinking about all the money spent on ads, I was wondering if there's any hard evidence on how effective advertisements are in this day and age. Everyone I know hates advertisements, and I can't remember the last time I bought something because advertisements told me to.

All Tied Up

What's the deal with knots?
Why does placing strands of any material in an enclosed space (as thin as a gold chain in a jewelry box or as thick as a heavy rope in the bed of a pickup truck) almost inevitably result in a tangle of knots?

Mod Meals

What's the story on GMO foods?
What's the story on genetically modified organism (GMO) foods? I'm exposed to a nearly constant stream of horror stories of cancerous death caused by evil GMOs, often including terrifying photos of rats with fist-sized tumors.

Brute Force

Are there are confirmed occurrences of dolphin-human rape?
A friend of mine supposedly saw an instance of a dolphin attempting to rape a human on National Geographic. While I'm not accusing NG of faulty research, they aren't nearly the font of knowledge you are.

Thought Experiments

How many sponges to absorb the Pacific Ocean?
always wanted to go to Hawaii, but since I can't afford a plane ticket, I'm planning on walking there. How many 3-inch-by-4-1/2-inch sponges will I need to pack to absorb the Pacific Ocean?

Fast Track

(No) new info on the benefits of fasting
Looks like your column on the benefits of fasting may be in need of an update! “We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system,” says university professor Valter Longo, co-author of a new study on the subject. The hippies may have been on to something after all.

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