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AskScience Panel of Scientists XVIII
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AskScience AMA Series: "I am Rhett Allain, physicist and technical consultant on Mythbusters and MacGyver. Ask me about the physics of pretty much anything!
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Does a Mayfly, which only lives a day, evolve fast than a human?
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What is special about sunlight versus artificial light that plants need it?
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What is the reason for Ethiopia demographic boom in recent years?
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As a snake grows in length, does it grow additional ribs and vertebrae, or do they have a set number?
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Is body chemistry affected by sound, in the same way that melatonin production is affected by light?
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How do earthquakes happen that are far from tectonic plates fault lines?
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Has there ever been a trench deeper than the Marianas Trench in Earth's geologic history?
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Why are green aurora borealis more common than the red/ purple ones?
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How does a flu vaccine lessen symptoms when you catch a flu variant that isn’t one of the variants in that seasons vaccination?
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Have we ever seen a stellar ignition?
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Do other animals have 'accents' like humans do?
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what determines the life span of organisms?
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Why can’t we increase the wattage of chargers to make devices charge faster?
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Why isn't Boron created through normal stellar nucleosynthesis (i.e. nuclear fusion in stars)?
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Are there any successful attempts to create a substance that is made up entirely with antimatter particles?
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How do they catch interplanetary dust particles?
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How do satellites in space protect their electronics from all the different types of Electromagnetic waves they are exposed to?
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How do astronomers know the "red shift" is coming from the Doppler effect and not from static stars producing light at a red wavelength?
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What are all the swirly patterns on Jupiter?
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Is there any organism that has more than one brain?
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Do NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, reduce specific areas of inflammation or do they reduce inflammation overall?
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How do bonding and anti bonding orbitals form?
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How much of an effect do the Sun and the Moon have on the Earth's axial precession, if any?
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Does sunlight lose any energy or specific rays (UV-A, UV-B, etc.) when it's reflected by a mirror?
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Why do some plants need full strong direct sunlight but others need partial shade and indirect sunlight? What is the physiological/chemical reason behind this?
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How much radiation does a luggage scanner deliver vs say medical x-ray?
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Do other moons in our solar system have a 'near side' and 'far side' relative to the body they orbit?
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Would Koko, the sign-language speaking gorilla, have been able to translate what a different, non-signing gorilla was saying?
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[chemistry][nuclear physics] if the island of stability does exist, do we have any way of estimating what the behavior/properties of those elements will be like?
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How do we know the temperature of the centre of the sun?
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When sound waves interfere in air, they create beat frequencies. Does this also happen when electromagnetic waves interfere in space?
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Will more electric cars on the road have any positive effect on the environment if electricity to power these cars is still generated by fossil fuels?
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Most antibacterial sprays kill 99.9% of germs. What's the 0.1% of bacteria consist of?
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How do they reproduce seedless fruits/vegetables ?
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Is it possible for an object to be travelling so fast it would bounce off the atmosphere?
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Is Crystallized Bismuth the Only Instance of Naturally Occurring Right Angles?
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How do we know what the internal structure of planets and moons is?
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If oil is an organic bi-product on earth, how can there be oil on other planets such as Titan?
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Can someone explain the environmental impact of electric car batteries?
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How is the CMB used to calculate the Hubble constant?
227 LegalAss Nope. Brushing dislodges food in a manner that simply swishing mouthwash never could. Food stuck in the natural nooks and crannies of your teeth provides the perfect shelter, diet, and breeding ground for those bacteria
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2 MadScienceDreams No matter how much you swish, you aren't gonna get everything. 3 things will be left behind: 1) live bacteria and sporified bacteria. Killing 99% of germs is fine, but they will grow back exponentially from their small numbers. 2) food particles, which help the bacteria grow back. 3) biofilms and plaque. Both allow more bacteria to survive the rinsing process, and the increased surface area allows faster bacterial growth and more places for food tho get trapped. On top of this, food'll get stuck in your gums, which will cause the gums to swell, which seals off the food and bacteria from the most ardent of brushing. So say hello to "the gym disease, gingivitis".
2 TLMoss No. Plaque bacteria form and live within a very effective protective system called a biofilm. Think of it like a protective little eco dome where something like Listerine will damage the outside but not those hungry bacteria living in the dome. Once a biofilm has formed, Listerine is close to useless. To deal with a biofilm, you need to get in and mechanically disrupt it i.e. with a toothbrush, floss or an interdental brush. Despite what you may have seen, mouthwashes at best will help slightly slow the formation of a biofilm, it is next to useless once it's formed.
2 Anovan No, because of a thing called biofilms. This is basically where the bacteria all band together and try to protect each other against anything that would try to remove them. Mechanical abrasion (ie brushing and flossing) interrupts the biofilm while swishing with mouthwash isn't able to.
233 0 LegalAss Nope. Brushing dislodges food in a manner that simply swishing mouthwash never could. Food stuck in the natural nooks and crannies of your teeth provides the perfect shelter, diet, and breeding ground for those bacteria
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2 0 MadScienceDreams No matter how much you swish, you aren't gonna get everything. 3 things will be left behind: 1) live bacteria and sporified bacteria. Killing 99% of germs is fine, but they will grow back exponentially from their small numbers. 2) food particles, which help the bacteria grow back. 3) biofilms and plaque. Both allow more bacteria to survive the rinsing process, and the increased surface area allows faster bacterial growth and more places for food tho get trapped. On top of this, food'll get stuck in your gums, which will cause the gums to swell, which seals off the food and bacteria from the most ardent of brushing. So say hello to "the gym disease, gingivitis".
2 0 TLMoss No. Plaque bacteria form and live within a very effective protective system called a biofilm. Think of it like a protective little eco dome where something like Listerine will damage the outside but not those hungry bacteria living in the dome. Once a biofilm has formed, Listerine is close to useless. To deal with a biofilm, you need to get in and mechanically disrupt it i.e. with a toothbrush, floss or an interdental brush. Despite what you may have seen, mouthwashes at best will help slightly slow the formation of a biofilm, it is next to useless once it's formed.
2 0 Anovan No, because of a thing called biofilms. This is basically where the bacteria all band together and try to protect each other against anything that would try to remove them. Mechanical abrasion (ie brushing and flossing) interrupts the biofilm while swishing with mouthwash isn't able to.