AskScience Panel of Scientists XVIII
AskScience AMA Series: "I am Rhett Allain, physicist and technical consultant on Mythbusters and MacGyver. Ask me about the physics of pretty much anything!
Why is it that during winter it's not uncommon to have days with abnormally high temperature and summer-like weather, but in the summer it never drops to winter-like weather for a day?
If 2 people dislike the same food, are they then more likely to dislike other similar foods?
Whats the truth about applying water to burns? Will cold water cause it to blister or stifle it? What about lukewarm water?
If both the liver and the kidney are filtering organs, what are their different responsibilities? Are there other organs that perform similar functions?
Are there any materials that only allow radio waves to pass through in one direction?
Does the Mach Cone occurs only appears when crossing the 1 Mach speed or it can also appear later during the supersonic flight (> 1 Mach)?
Are there positions of a chess board that are impossible to achieve legally?
What was going on in the science community when the first dinosaur bones were discovered? Did we realize early on what we were looking at? What was the attitude of the community towards the discovery?
Why does water make paper products translucent?
Could a planet with a highly eccentric orbit be tidally locked?
Why do martian rovers last so much longer than planned?
How are the eggs of birds formed and what is the process called? Are they formed to the size that they are eventually hatched?
Can dogs observe and recognize aging in adult humans? Do they differentiate between young adult, middle-aged and elderly humans?
What physically happens inside a computer when it crashes or freezes?
Is energy gain relative?
Is there a theoretical limit to how many protons an atom can contain?
At what frequency does a repetitive sound become a solid sound?
Why don't the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet tan or burn?
Does the gravitational force of the sun and moon affect the atmosphere the same way it affects the tide? Is there an increase in oxygen during high tide/low tide?
Are there any known mutations in drosophila melanogaster that cause a phenotype of folded downward wings?
Why are there so few species of mammals?
Is it possible to trigger or "activate" a volcanic eruption?
If Earth were larger, would it move closer to the sun or farther away?
When does a mushroom die? When it's picked? When it's packaged? Refrigerated? Sliced? Digested?
Are blood bags usually sealed (in a vacuum)?
When you physically break or shatter a flash storage chip, to what degree is the data still readable from the fragments?
How uneven can London Dispersion Forces make an atom?
Is white light dispersed by a prism always the same? (angles to colour)?
When receiving donated blood, how do u screen for blood diseases before releasing them to hospitals?
Does energy accumulate in geographical faults in such a manner that the longer that energy isn't released, the bigger energy-releases we can expect at once? (i.e. earthquakes, volcanos).
Is it possible to transform martian soil into fertile soil through bacteria and fungi?
Do cats purr voluntarily or unvoluntarily?
How do processors make sure their calculations are done correctly when out of the billions of transistors they have, a few will surely fail over time?
Are seatbelt/phone detection cameras a real thing? And if so, how do they work?
What is the most amount of electrons forcibly added to an atom?
Why does the taste of tap water vary between locations?
Is there Ice at the bottom of Challenger Deep?
Can the Maillard reaction be reversed? Or, Is it possible to untoast bread?
Why do things like saliva or melted cheese pull into strings when you try to separate them?
Do any of the stars we can observe with tbe naked eye at night have planets orbiting them?