AskScience Panel of Scientists XVII
Is there a limit on how long a power cord can be?
I know it takes two weeks for the flu vaccine to be fully effective. I assume effectiveness is zero right before the vaccine is administered, and maximum after two weeks. But is there a graph that shows how effectiveness changes in time?
Why is the Congo River so deep?
Why the Antarctic ice cap stays in one place and does not drift freely like an iceberg?
Why is the separation constant for the radial equation of the Hydrogen atom in the form of L(L+1)?
Why can some viruses (smallpox, polio) be virtually eradicated while others cannot (HIV, influenza)?
If the capacity of a battery charging another battery drops below that of the receiving battery, will it stop transferring electricity since the electrons will no longer prefer to leave the lower energy "state" of the drained battery?
How does a coax splitter work?
If our bodies are conductive, can holding a battery between two fingers deplete it completely?
How/why are so many mathematical proofs and theorems contingent on the Riemann hypothesis being true?
Is there a link between a metal being conductive from an electric standpoint and it being magnetic? If so, what is the cause?
Are there any predators that hunt for sport rather than for food?
Do they update the voyager software?
How did the Russian Woodpecker receiver work?
Are there any ant species that don’t live in colonies?
What is meant by the heat death of the universe?
Does language affect learning and studying?
If the strength of an acid is based on concentration, why are acids like Sulfuric Acid always considered so dangerous compared to others?
When water does down the drain, why does it always go down the drain in a form of whirlpool.?
From what I have learnt so far, refrigerators use chlorofluorocarbons for cooling. Do these chlorofluorocarbons run out after some time? If yes how are they replenished?
Microwave Ovens and Wi-Fi Signals Operate at The Same Frequency (2.4GHz). What Makes Microwave Ovens More Dangerous?
What makes things transparent?
What allows certain cars and airplanes to have their own Wifi?
What causes the thick mist/fog that I frequently see coming off of mountains in my area?
What exactly happens to a person's behavior after a lobotomy?
How Bayes rule was used to help with aiming cannons?
Is there a limit to the energy density of batteries?
What kind of waves on the Electromagnetic Spectrum do metal detectors use to isolate only metal and no other materials?
Is a Colliod a state of matter?
How do particle accelerators such as the LHC detect particle collision products?
Many poisonous and venomous vertebrates get their toxins from toxic arthropods that form part of their diets. Why can't they just form the toxins themselves the same ways their prey do?
Why are hail storms so short?
How do marine mammals keep their testes cool?
If aliens were to look at earth through a telescope from 65 million lightyears away, would they see dinosaurs?
Why does fire flicker?
What exactly is string theory and how does it work?
What exactly does the cold virus do to me to make me so weak?
I understand conduction and radiation as modes of heat transfer, but convection confuses me. Why does fluid moving over an object remove heat from it as opposed to adding heat due to friction?
Are initial telomere lengths fairly consistent in mammals? Barring external circumstances, do they decay at the same rate?
Is it possible light has a mass?