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Becoming a Quantum Mechanic

Tyler Tork, Quantum Mechanic

Dear Tyler (writes Woody Desmond of No Particular Place): I saw from your FB that you have become a Quantum Mechanic. Is much training needed for this? I’m interested in a career change esp. if there’s money in it. Woody, The field of Quantum Mechanics is new, and pretty wide open at the moment. All …

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Tummy Video of the Ancients

Thessaly Fertility goddess, circa 5000 BC, vs Teletubbies.

An article, with a picture of an old Viking pendant in the shape of a dinosaur, has got me thinking. Could there be more surprises like this lurking in museums and attics? What else might our remote ancestors have known about that we never expected?

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Walking Backwards

Emily H. of Chilliwack, BC, Canada writes: Dear Tyler, I would like to be able to walk backwards, but I keep tripping over things or bumping into people. Can you help? Emily, Emily. Why must you walk backwards? Is it only for the joy of being unconventional? As someone who can’t help being weird, I …

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Why are some things not visible…

Ralphie, of Topeka KS, asks, Why are some objects not visible to your naked eyes? There are many possible reasons. The object is too small – for instance, a virus, or Snooki’s brain. The object is too far away given its size – for instance, the planet Neptune (if you’re on Earth), or Jimmy Carter …

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Fruitatious Abode

Nicholas Kim, age 13, asks: Is living inside of pineapples true? Spongebob, a typical childrens show. Well, why cant humans do the same! Its much simpler than building a house, you only need to find a way to make huge pineapples, but in the end it would save the world a lot of resources and money.

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What a Young Scientist Needs in Costa Rica

Hilary Moon Murphy asks, “My daughter is going on a science trip to Costa Rican rain forest this spring…. What things would you take along?”

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Higgelty Pigglety – Zero G Edition

“M” asks, “Please provide an example of higglety pigglety.”

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Topical Use of Chocolate

killer robot grabbing someone

[T]he explanation of white chocolate… made me think of another chocolate question. Several websites say that melted chocolate if you pour it on a bruise and leave it overnight, it makes the bruise fade…. Is it true? [MORE]

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Choosing a Seat in a Canoe

Fred Ergot, age 10, of Mitchell, Oregon, asks: At camp, we have two-person canoes. Is it better to get the front seat or the back seat? (more)

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What’s the Most Efficient Way to Travel?

Hilary Moon Murphy of Minneapolis writes, Tyler, I keep hearing different styles of transportation touted as the “most efficient.” What is the most efficient way to travel? Most efficient can mean many things, depending on what you want to optimize your use of. Time, fuel, patience, argumentation about the route, etc. As an example of …

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