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Modern Mythology: Bohring and Outdated

[We’re a couple of days late with MM this week, but better late than never, right?] So there is this thing that bugs me a little bit from time-to-time. It is the cultural perpetuation of the outdated model of the atom in (most often) commercial logos. Sometimes your favourite skepticism …

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Modern Mythology: Scaly Dinosaurs

When I was growing up, my first dinosaur books had pictures like this:    Based on the scientific knowledge at that point, dinosaurs were lumbering scaly green-and-brown beasts, giant cold-blooded reptiles, with tails dragging on the ground and such a huge bulk that some of the biggest had to live …

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Hic-Hic-Hiccups

Hiccups* are pretty freaking annoying, in my experience. Sometimes you hiccup a couple of times and they go away by themselves, but sometimes they stick around for a bit longer than is usually considered comfortable. Prolonged hiccups can become a major medical problem. So what are hiccups, and what causes …

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Modern Mythology: Getting Your Daily Intake

A vitamin is an organic compound that can be found in a range of foods. They have specific biochemical functions within our bodies, and we are not able to synthesise them in large enough quantities, so they must be obtained from diet. They are essential nutrients that are required in …

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Modern Mythology: Werewolves and Zombies and Vampires, Oh My!

Today is Halloween, the celebration of all things scary and spooky. In the modern day, at least in America, it is simply a fun holiday, where everyone gets to dress up in costumes, eat candy, carve pumpkins, scare themselves, and pretend to believe in superstitions. It began, however, as the …

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Modern Mythology: Sugar and Your Skin

Halloween is coming up, which marks the beginning of the season wherein I buy lots of sugary candy and shove it in my face. It’s my favorite time of year. One old wives tale I often hear is that candy in general – and chocolate in particular – causes acne. …

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Modern Mythology: Egg-cellent Home Experiement

I really love eggs. I love how they taste and how they look and how they feel when I hold them. (That’s not weird, right?) One of my favorite egg myths is that you can stand an egg on its end at the precise moment of the vernal (or spring) …

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Modern Mythology: Curing the Cold and Flu

Here on campus, it seems to be time for the annual waves of illness to sweep through. Nearly everyone has a cough or a case of the sniffles.  The free flu shot clinics have started, lasting for the next month. Students are trying to figure out at what point to …

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