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Will orbital chaos cause Earth, Venus and Mars to collide?

It's not a pleasant thought, is it? But when you mix chaos theory with a few crazy cosmologists, those tidy, predictable orbits start getting lively.

    • How Hackers Work

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      How Hackers Work

      Hackers have been attacking Adobe Acrobat 9 on Windows after a critical security vulnerability was found. Take a look at hacker culture and the various kinds of hackers, some of whom have run afoul of the law.

    • How U.S. Criminal Records Work

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      How U.S. Criminal Records Work

      Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and jailed Wednesday on new child sex abuse charges. Every arrest and conviction goes on a criminal record, which is stored in massive computer databases that are accessible throughout the world. Once you have a criminal record, will it ever go away?

    • What would it take to reverse global warming?

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      What would it take to reverse global warming?

      The two largest producers of carbon dioxide emissions, the U.S. and China, butted heads again this week at the U.N. climate talks. Most scientists agree that human interference in the environment has something to do with the recent trend of rising temperatures on the Earth. What can we do about it?

    • Top 5 Myths About Apple

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      Top 5 Myths About Apple

      Apple opens its new flagship store in Grand Central Terminal in New York City today. Apple is one of the most successful companies around -- and one of the most mysterious. Here, we consider and debunk five of the biggest myths surrounding this tech giant.

    • Does the Higgs boson exist?

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      Does the Higgs boson exist?

      The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is providing an update on the search for the Higgs boson particle next week on Dec. 13. Rumors say it has been found, but does it even exist?

    • Top 10 Tips for Having a Good Flight

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      Top 10 Tips for Having a Good Flight

      Some things prevent flying from being fun -- small seats, crowded legroom, snoring seatmates and having to go back to the gate when Alec Baldwin is on your flight and won’t turn off his electronics. See these tips so you can make flying easier for everyone.

    • How Plug-in Hybrid Cars Work

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      How Plug-in Hybrid Cars Work

      GM continues to work with the government to determine the cause of Chevy Volt fires. Learn all about plug-in hybrid cars including their battery packs, which have been under investigation.

    • You Should Know Video: Transplants, Physics and the Moon

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      You Should Know Video: Transplants, Physics and the Moon

      It's no secret that Josh and Chuck are knowledge junkies -- but how much can they learn in 60 seconds? In this playlist, the guys tackle everything from fecal transplants to frame of reference physics and theoretical journeys to the center of the moon.

    • How Lying Works

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      How Lying Works

      Former U.S. Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday after jurors agreed that he lied to the FBI and found him guilty in 18 corruption charges. Do you know how to spot a lie?

    • How Suicide Bombers Work

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      How Suicide Bombers Work

      A suicide bombing in Afghanistan on Tuesday killed dozens of people outside a Shiite shrine. Are these bombers strictly a modern phenomenon? How can they be stopped?

    • How Tsunamis Work

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      How Tsunamis Work

      Scientists have now determined that the tsunami that struck northern Japan on March 11 was caused by two waves. While it’s difficult to grasp the full effects this natural disaster has had on Japan’s people and culture, we can explain the physical factors that led to it.

    • 5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Car Safer for Driving in Foul Weather

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      5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Car Safer for Driving in Foul Weather

      New Mexico closed highways earlier this week and the entire country of Scotland went on alert after heavy snow and ice covered the regions. Do you know how to prepare yourself (and your car) to meet Mother Nature's fury?

    • How DUI Works

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      How DUI Works

      The Federal Aviation Administration chief resigned on Tuesday after a drunk driving charge. So how do blood alcohol levels, police procedures and DUI punishment work? What can you do to keep your friends and family safe when you've been out drinking?

    • How the Predator UAV Works

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      How the Predator UAV Works

      The U.S. military has confirmed that Iran has the missing RQ-170 drone, an unmanned U.S. spy plane. Remotely-operated spy planes exemplify the military trend toward high-tech, low-risk equipment. What can they accomplish in battle?

    • Did the United States put its own citizens in concentration camps during WWII?

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      Did the United States put its own citizens in concentration camps during WWII?

      This week, the U.S. remembers the thousands of American sailors and soldiers who were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Is it true that some West Coasters were forcibly relocated after the attack?

    • 10 Remarkable Exoplanets

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      10 Remarkable Exoplanets

      Astronomers have just announced the existence of an earthlike planet called Kepler 22-b, 600 light-years away from Earth. Take a look at 10 other cool planet discoveries.

    • Should you buy a tablet or an e-reader?

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      Should you buy a tablet or an e-reader?

      Apple recently reported to JP Morgan analysts that they aren't concerned about iPad competitors such as the Kindle Fire. These days, the latest tablets and e-readers allow you to read books and compute. So which device is best?

    • 5 Myths About Renewable Energy

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      5 Myths About Renewable Energy

      The World Petroleum Congress is meeting this week in Doha, Qatar, to address concerns about global warming and the need for cleaner energy. Not everyone is sold on this vision, so a number of myths about renewable energy persist.

    • If the polar ice caps melted, how much would the oceans rise?

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      If the polar ice caps melted, how much would the oceans rise?

      Recent studies show that the Arctic ice caps originated when there was a drop in carbon dioxide levels, reinforcing the notion that the current uptick governs global climate change. The polar ice caps continue to shrink due to global warming, but how much would the oceans rise if the ice caps melted completely?

    • Stuff You Should Know Video: Space, Sneezing & Yosemite Sam

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      Stuff You Should Know Video: Space, Sneezing & Yosemite Sam

      Join Josh and Chuck as they research the first animal in space, why people sneeze in bright sunlight and why in tarnation Yosemite Sam keeps popping up on the radio.

    • Top 10 Most Poisonous Plants

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      Top 10 Most Poisonous Plants

      If you swallow these plants, you could wind up with stomach convulsions, blurred vision, amnesia -- you could even die. What shouldn't you taste on your next hike?

    • 10 Crazy Things Contacts Can Do

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      10 Crazy Things Contacts Can Do

      Contact lenses have been correcting vision for more than a century, but lenses today can make you look like a cat, monitor your blood sugar and maybe even make you a better athlete.

    • 10 Ways to Cook a Sweet Potato

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      10 Ways to Cook a Sweet Potato

      Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest foods you can add to your diet. But, like anything, they can get boring if they're prepared the same way every time you eat them. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to spice them up.

    • 10 Funny Inventions That Changed the World

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      10 Funny Inventions That Changed the World

      People are always thinking up strange stuff that makes us chuckle, like, say, wafflemakers that churn out waffles in the shape of a keyboard. But these 10 inventions aren't just funny; we interact with them all the time.

    • 10 Tips for Effective Workplace Communication

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      10 Tips for Effective Workplace Communication

      Communication is as easy as breathing, but doing so with coworkers can be tricky. Someone could misconstrue a friendly e-mail, micromanage employees to death or even commit a cultural faux pas. Luckily, we'll show you how to avoid these missteps.

    • 10 Telecommuting Careers That Can Make You Rich

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      10 Telecommuting Careers That Can Make You Rich

      Proof that we're living in the incredible future: We can conduct serious business in our pajamas. Which work-from-home jobs are the most lucrative?

    • 10 Things You Should Do Two Months Before a Move

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      10 Things You Should Do Two Months Before a Move

      Moving pretty much always takes longer than you think it's going to take. So, be smart and plan ahead. There's lots of packing and organizing you can get out of the way two months in advance of your move.

    • 10 Performance-enhancing Drugs That Aren't Steroids

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      10 Performance-enhancing Drugs That Aren't Steroids

      Lance Armstrong, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire: The list of superstar athletes accused of -- or admitting to -- taking performance-enhancing drugs is almost as impressive as the number of sports that they compete in. And we're not just talking about steroids anymore.

    • 10 Completely False ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows

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      10 Completely False ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows

      The blood in your veins is blue. Glass is a slow-moving liquid. If you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it. Not so fast –- if you learned any of those "facts" in school, what you learned was wrong.

    • 10 Things You Can Make With a Can of Black Beans

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      10 Things You Can Make With a Can of Black Beans

      Black beans are a versatile, tasty ingredient in soups, salads, chili and even brownies! Here are 10 things you can make with a can of black beans.

    • 10 First-time Homebuyer Mistakes

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      10 First-time Homebuyer Mistakes

      Buying your first home can be a dream come true, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare. Realistic planning is key to avoiding the pitfalls that await first-time homebuyers.

    • 10 People You Probably Didn’t Know Were Black

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      10 People You Probably Didn’t Know Were Black

      What do Alexandre Dumas, Pete Wentz and Alexander Pushkin have in common? We're not talking about literary talents -- they're all people whose African ancestry is not well-known. Who else is on the list?

    • 10 Medieval Torture Devices

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      10 Medieval Torture Devices

      Torture was a very popular form of punishment in the Middle Ages, but it also served as a social deterrent and as entertainment for the masses. These 10 devices show just how creative torturers became with their tools as a result.

    • Top 10 Causes of Running Pain

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      Top 10 Causes of Running Pain

      Running can be hard on your feet and legs -- you end up paying for all that impact eventually, right? Most serious runners can't avoid pain, but the key to managing it lays in knowing the kind of pain you're dealing with.

    • Top 10 Things That Can Reduce Sex Drive

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      Top 10 Things That Can Reduce Sex Drive

      Few things in life can be as unsettling as having your libido disappear. Even more frustrating is not knowing why. Here, we'll discuss 10 things that can reduce sex drive.

    • Top 10 Industrial Revolution Inventions

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      Top 10 Industrial Revolution Inventions

      During the Industrial Revolution, both innovation and the capabilities of large factories combined to thrust people from a predominantly agricultural existence into a more urban lifestyle. So what were the period's top inventions?

    • Top 10 Survival Tools

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      Top 10 Survival Tools

      Let's say your vacation tour group ditches you in the outback. Or your car slips off an icy road in the middle of nowhere. Will you have the tools to save your life?

    • 10 Things Your Cleaning Lady Doesn't Want You to Know

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      10 Things Your Cleaning Lady Doesn't Want You to Know

      For a lot of people, there just isn't time to clean the whole house, top to bottom, every week. That's where the convenience of a maid service comes in. What risks are you taking by hiring someone else to do the dirty work?

    • 10 Strange American Traditions

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      10 Strange American Traditions

      If you normally mute commercials but spend Super Bowl Sunday analyzing every joke or camera angle, you know some American traditions can be kind of bizarre. What are 10 of the weirdest?

    • Top 10 Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin

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      Top 10 Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin

      Thick, greasy sunscreen lotions may trigger an acne breakout for people with sensitive skin. But you've got to protect yourself against harmful rays. Which formulas should you choose?

    • 10 Extreme Coupon Tips for Normal People

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      10 Extreme Coupon Tips for Normal People

      Would you believe it's possible to save more than 90 percent on your grocery bills? It takes measures many people would consider extreme, but saving serious money doesn't have to completely dominate your life.

    • 10 Boardless, Pieceless Road Trip Games

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      10 Boardless, Pieceless Road Trip Games

      Summer means road trip time, but how do you make those long hours in the car pass more quickly? Check out our road trip games list for some old favorites and new ideas.

    • 10 Things to Look for When Buying a Laptop

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      10 Things to Look for When Buying a Laptop

      Even though prices are lower than ever before, a laptop is still a significant investment. If you use the right criteria when shopping, you can feel confident that you're getting the best value for your money and the best machine for your needs.

    • 10 Office Exercises You Can Do Secretly

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      10 Office Exercises You Can Do Secretly

      A long day at the office leaves little time for exercising. But what if you could squeeze in a workout during your office routine -- without any of your coworkers asking, "What're you doing?" We've got a list of exercises that just fit the bill.

    • 10 Reasons You Have a Runny Nose

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      10 Reasons You Have a Runny Nose

      Sniff, blow, wipe … sniff, blow, wipe … It's the seemingly endless cycle of a runny nose. But what makes our schnoz get soppy? Read on for some of the most common causes of reaching for the box of tissues.

    • Getting Beautiful Skin Pictures

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      Getting Beautiful Skin Pictures

      These getting beautiful skin pictures show some great ways to take care of your skin. Check out beautiful skin pictures here.

    • Robot Pictures

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      Robot Pictures

      Whether they’re adorable like ASIMO or creepy like the world's most lifelike androids, today's robots take on a range of shapes and sizes. But they're not all humanoid. This gallery also shows off a few that are inspired by the animal kingdom.

    • Inside Hex Bugs Pictures

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      Inside Hex Bugs Pictures

      If you are a bug lover, this tiny gadget is just for you! The Hex Bug is a tiny robot that reacts to sound and touch. Take a look inside the Hex Bug.

    • Car Gadget Pictures

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      Car Gadget Pictures

      Take a look at these car gadget pictures and see some of the cutting edge technology available for your car. Check out our car gadget pictures.

    • Apples to Apples: What Variety is Best for What?

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      Apples to Apples: What Variety is Best for What?

      There are many types of apple varieties that work well in different dishes. Check out these pictures and find out which apple you should be using in your apple pie, apple cider and all sorts of delicious apple recipes.

    • Bird Pictures

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      Bird Pictures

      Did you know that it's the possession of feathers, not the ability to fly, that distinguishes birds from other animals? Take a view of these bird pictures to see how many you recognize.

    • Perennial Flowers Image Gallery

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      Perennial Flowers Image Gallery

      These blooming plants will dazzle you with color year after year. Sit back, smell the hibiscus and check out these photos of some of our favorite perennials.

    • Car Engine Pictures

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      Car Engine Pictures

      Car engines range from small, economic 4-cylinders to insanely powerful 16-cylinder beasts. Get revved up with full-throttle photos of how they all work.

    • Submarine Pictures

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      Submarine Pictures

      Submarines are built in a dry dock just like other seagoing vessels. Take an inside look at these fully submersible wonders of technology.

    • Computer Memory Pictures

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      Computer Memory Pictures

      The different types of computer memory can be confusing. Take a look at these pictures of RAM, ROM, flash memory and more to learn about what the various types of memory are up to in your computer.

    • Inside an Electric Motor

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      Inside an Electric Motor

      Have you ever wondered what goes on inside an electric motor? We've taken apart a simple electric motor that you would typically find in a toy to explain how all the parts work. See the next page to get started.

    • Homes of the Future Pictures

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      Homes of the Future Pictures

      Advancements in technology over the years has lead to the improvements of our living quarters. Any thing from energy saving techniques to cutting time and effort on every day things in the household.

    • Harriet Tubman Pictures

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      Harriet Tubman Pictures

      These Harriet Tubman pictures will show photographs and illustrations of the leader of the Underground Railroad. Take a look at pictures of Harriet Tubman.

    • Cat Pictures

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      Cat Pictures

      Thinking of investing in a feline friend? House cats range in color, size, origin and more. Check out this cat image gallery to help you determine which breed you might suit your tastes best.

    • Volcanoes: Spewing Lava All Over the Countryside

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      Volcanoes: Spewing Lava All Over the Countryside

      Volcanoes are majestic -- and deadly -- geological formations. See pictures of the world's most incredible volcanoes and the damage they can cause.

    • Cooling the Burn: Sunburn Home Remedies Image Gallery

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      Cooling the Burn: Sunburn Home Remedies Image Gallery

      The sun. People have worshiped it for thousands of years. But only in the last century have people worshiped the sun by baking themselves to a golden tan, which often masks an angry red burn. Scroll through these photos for some sunburn home remedies.

    • Image Gallery: Inside a Nuclear Power Plant

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      Image Gallery: Inside a Nuclear Power Plant

      Tour the inside of a nuclear power plant with these illustrative diagrams to learn more about how nuclear power plants work.

    • Classic Car Pictures

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      Classic Car Pictures

      These photos showcase some of the rarest, most sought after classic cars from the 20th century's most renowned automakers. Ready to take a drive down memory lane?

    • Image Gallery: Skin Problems

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      Image Gallery: Skin Problems

      These pictures showcase some common -- and not so common -- skin conditions. Learn how to tell the difference between different rashes and bumps.

    • Bodily Organ Pictures

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      Bodily Organ Pictures

      Have you ever wondered what your body looks like on the inside? Take a tour of your major bodily organs and learn about unusual organ conditions with these pictures.

    • Barack Obama Pictures

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      Barack Obama Pictures

      Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States after a hotly contested primary race and general election. Check out photos from his life and the 2008 Obama campaign in this gallery.

    • Money Scam Pictures

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      Money Scam Pictures

      Money scams have been separating people from their cash for hundreds of years. In this gallery, see some of the most ruthless scams of the 20th and 21st centuries, and learn what you can do to protect yourself.

    • Hurricane Sandy, October 2012

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      Hurricane Sandy, October 2012

      Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast of the United States on Oct. 29, 2012, causing extensive flooding and damage. Millions of homes, businesses and even hospitals lost power in the wake of the storm.

    • Brake Pictures

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      Brake Pictures

      Be honest: Do you ever really give much thought to how your car slows down or stops? Browsing through these spectacular street car and race car brake pictures might change that.

    • Drug Pictures

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      Drug Pictures

      With drug pictures learn about the most used, most addictive and most controversial drugs on the market. Take a look at drug pictures to learn more.

    • Car Smarts: Transmissions

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      Car Smarts: Transmissions

      A car's transmission enables the engine to provide a wide range of output speeds. Without it, you'd be limited to just one gear. Test your knowledge of both automatic and manual transmissions in this quiz.

    • Bedbugs: Fact or Fiction Quiz

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      Bedbugs: Fact or Fiction Quiz

      Bedbugs are making a comeback after being nearly eradicated by the pesticide DDT back in the 1950s. If you're afraid that your house may host the next big bedbug convention, this quiz will help you separate the hype from the facts when it comes to these blood-sucking little pests.

    • Light It Up!: True or False Smoking Quiz

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      Light It Up!: True or False Smoking Quiz

      How savvy are you about smoking? The answers to our 10-question quiz may surprise you. Learn interesting facts about smoking and your health.

    • April Showers, May Flowers: The Full-on Flower Quiz

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      April Showers, May Flowers: The Full-on Flower Quiz

      Prepare yourself for a full crop of bud-busting trivia. From pollination to cultivation to symbolism, we’ve got it all covered (and fertilized and watered). Does plant prowess come naturally to you?

    • Quiz: Are you too self-conscious?

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      Quiz: Are you too self-conscious?

      Some people can laugh off a potential faux paus, while others dwell on it for days -- or even years. How self-conscious do you feel -- and what's normal? Test your knowledge and learn how to combat self-consciousness with this quiz.

    • Car Smarts: Exotic Cars

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      Car Smarts: Exotic Cars

      Exotic cars inspire a legion of car enthusiasts to empty their wallets for a taste of life in the fast lane. Will you be at the front of the pack after racing through the exotic car quiz?

    • America's Favorite Foods Quiz

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      America's Favorite Foods Quiz

      The United States is known as a melting pot of cultures, and its cuisine shows influences from countries all over the world. Just how much do you know about American food?

    • Fact or Fiction: Cold Sores

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      Fact or Fiction: Cold Sores

      Cold sores -- or fever blisters -- are an embarrassing part of life for many of us. Misconceptions abound about them, though. Can you separate the facts and fictions?

    • Fact or Fiction: Earthquakes

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      Fact or Fiction: Earthquakes

      Earthquakes, like volcanoes, happen all the time -- but most of them are so minor we can't even feel them. They're also similar to volcanoes in that we can't fully predict them, and scientists are always waiting for the next big one to occur.

    • Car Smarts: Camshafts

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      Car Smarts: Camshafts

      The air and fuel mixtures that power your car's engine are controlled by valves that open and shut. The essential camshaft rotates and instigates the valve movement. But how exactly does this crucial engine part work? See how well you can shift mental gears and take the camshaft quiz.

    • The Honda EV-STER: Honda's Sexy Electric Car Quiz

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      The Honda EV-STER: Honda's Sexy Electric Car Quiz

      Revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, the Honda EV-STER -- a concept electric sports car -- seems to have more in common with Tesla’s Roadster than it does with any of Honda’s current models. Do you think you know enough about this latest Honda concept to pass the test?

    • Home Mortgage Quiz

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      Home Mortgage Quiz

      We know that the mere mention of the word 'mortgage' might induce a cold sweat -- or make you want to take a nice, long nap instead of taking this quiz. But before you dismiss the topic as too boring or complicated, remember that lack of education is the reason that so many people are caught up in this mortgage mess. So doesn't it make sense to educate yourself? And this easy little quiz is just the way to get your feet wet.

    • This is your brain on love: The Science of Love Quiz

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      This is your brain on love: The Science of Love Quiz

      Forget about hearts and flowers and poetry. Love is all in your head -- your brain actually. So let's strip out the romance and get down to the neurochemicals and physiology that release a swarm of butterflies when encountering a new crush.

    • Skin Deep: The Tattoo-removal Quiz

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      Skin Deep: The Tattoo-removal Quiz

      Indecisiveness and a love of body art are two traits that don't go well together. But if you find yourself wishing you'd never gotten that tattoo, you could be in luck. Test your tattoo-removal knowledge with this quiz.

    • The Ultimate Bicycle Quiz

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      The Ultimate Bicycle Quiz

      Learning to ride a bicycle seems to be a universal experience for children around the world. Whether you've been riding bicycles since you were a child or just recently started pedaling, how much do you know about this elegant and simple vehicle?

    • Fact or Fiction: Breast-feeding

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      Fact or Fiction: Breast-feeding

      Parents make lots of choices before their little one arrives in the world: What shall we name him or her? How will we decorate the nursery? What doctor will be our pediatrician? One decision parents must grapple with is how to feed the baby. Some parents go for bottles and formula, while others choose to breast-feed. How much do you know about the latter option?

    • Strange Addictions Quiz

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      Strange Addictions Quiz

      Some people's bad habits are out in the open, but most addictions are well-kept secrets. How much do you really know about the things people just can't stop doing? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

    • Personality Disorder Quiz

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      Personality Disorder Quiz

      Personality disorders affect millions of people worldwide. Think you know the gamut of these mental health conditions? Test your knowledge with this quiz.

    • The Ultimate Bear Quiz

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      The Ultimate Bear Quiz

      There's Paddington Bear, Winnie the Pooh, Rupert Bear and many more. While kids may like to snuggle up with their teddy bear, real bears are wild creatures that can be very dangerous. There are many different kinds of bears, each with different characteristics and habits. Take this quiz to learn more about bears.

    • Urinary Tract Infections Quiz

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      Urinary Tract Infections Quiz

      Do you or someone you know that suffers from a urinary tract infection? Take this quiz and test your knowledge on this disease.

    • Anatomy 101: Human Body Quiz

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      Anatomy 101: Human Body Quiz

      You remember a little ditty about the thigh bone being connected to the hip bone, which was in turn connected to the backbone. But what else do you remember about human anatomy? The answers to this quiz are all inside of you -- literally.

    • Cancerous Moles Quiz

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      Cancerous Moles Quiz

      Most moles are harmless, but some can be dangerous. See if you know the difference between healthy and cancerous moles in this info-packed quiz.

    • Wild World: Solar Cell Quiz

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      Wild World: Solar Cell Quiz

      Solar cells are on everything from pocket calculators to the roofs of buildings. So exactly how do they turn light into energy?

    • Quiz: How well do you know your appliances?

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      Quiz: How well do you know your appliances?

      There are so many appliances and tools we use today that we take for granted, yet for centuries people went without them. Imagine a world without toilets, refrigerators or computers! Take this quiz to see how much you know about the history of the appliances you couldn't do without.

    • Can You Spot the Better Deal?

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      Can You Spot the Better Deal?

      Which credit card offers the best deal? Should you take the cash rebate on the new car or the low interest rate? You are bombarded with confusing financial questions every day. Here are 20 more.

    • 5 Really Expensive Things That Were Accidentally Destroyed

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      5 Really Expensive Things That Were Accidentally Destroyed

      One of the things about priceless masterpieces is that they tend to be really expensive. So when they're accidentally broken a pit tends to form in the stomach. Watch and learn about five expensive items that suffered a terrible fate.

    • What is your brain not telling you?

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      What is your brain not telling you?

      Just because your brain recognizes something, doesn't mean you see it. Learn more about what your brain is keeping from you in this episode from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

    • Percy Spencer and the Microwave Oven

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      Percy Spencer and the Microwave Oven

      Today, microwave ovens are a common sight in kitchens across the world -- but who invented them? Tune in to learn how Percy Spencer accidentally struck upon the Stuff of Microwaving Genius.

    • What Do Those Tabs On Rearview Mirrors Actually Do?

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      What Do Those Tabs On Rearview Mirrors Actually Do?

      Sure, rearview mirrors are cool - but how do they actually work? How can the same piece of glass have two different amounts of reflection? Join Josh as he explains the science behind these handy devices.

    • Daniel Fahrenheit and the Mercury Thermometer

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      Daniel Fahrenheit and the Mercury Thermometer

      Daniel Fahrenheit built several types of thermometers, but his Stuff of Genius wasn't restricted to a few temperature measuring devices. Tune in and learn how Daniel Fahrenheit invented the system that bears his name today.

    • How can a plane vanish?

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      How can a plane vanish?

      How can humans lose entire planes? Tune in to learn more about famous disappearances, current searching techniques, and theories about what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

    • The World's Underground Bases

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      The World's Underground Bases

      How many underground bases exist today? Is there any way to figure out what's stored in the world's various secret bunkers? Learn more in today's video.

    • What in the Name of God is the The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon?

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      What in the Name of God is the The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon?

      Have you ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon? If you haven't, get ready, because you're about to start hearing about it over and over. Confused? Just watch.

    • Sleep: Men vs. Women

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      Sleep: Men vs. Women

      Men tend to need less sleep than women, but insomnia affects more women. What gives? Cristen explores the science how biological sex interacts with sleep.

    • How Do Accents Work?

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      How Do Accents Work?

      Have you ever wondered how accents work? Tune in to this episode of BrainStuff to find out about the ever-evolving accent.

    • Why Do We Sleep?

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      Why Do We Sleep?

      Sleeping is frustrating for many of us. So why do we have to do it? Ben and Lauren review several possibilities and reveal all the bad things that can happen if you sleep too much... or not at all.

    • Why We Can't Not Smile

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      Why We Can't Not Smile

      Smile and the world smiles with you. Why? Because we don't have a choice. Find out why we're hardwired to do it, who does it the most and the health benefits of flashing your pearly whites.

    • Hands are Weird: 5 Things About Them

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      Hands are Weird: 5 Things About Them

      They're kind of weird and floppy looking. But without them we'd be pretty helpless. Learn more about the humble hand in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

    • The Internet of Things

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      The Internet of Things

      By 2020, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet. In this video from Fw:Thinking, Jonathan Strickland takes us on a tour through a living room of the future to see how this "Internet of Things" will impact our daily lives.

    • 5 Reasons You Need More Sleep Now

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      5 Reasons You Need More Sleep Now

      Forget just feeling full of vim and vigor. Getting enough sleep can effect your memory, weight and maybe even brain diseases.

    • The Sexual Double Standard

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      The Sexual Double Standard

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