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In the 19th Century, many scientists viewed the Universe as being predictable in principle, like the inner workings of a clock. We've come a long way since then.
Should our government's child adoption policies make a distinction between gay married couples and straight married couples?
This article explains why Aspartame is not 'evil'. But Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners do not help overweight people to slim down either.
Why does the resin of California's Jeffrey Pine tree smell like butterscotch?
This article looks at the uses, as well as some problem areas of BMI--including basic maths and individual differences.
This article describes strength training exercises that can enhance performance on mountain hikes, and prevent sore muscles afterward.
This article looks at two nonstandard approaches for preventing bites from stray dogs, at any time of the day or night.
This article explores the mathematics of low-cost, sanitary handshaking between men and women. Although the general solution is unknown, the solution for the 3 by 3 case is described in detail.
This article looks at Mamikon's Attractor Puzzle. At first blush, it appears to be a psychic computer program. But is the 'obvious' interpretation correct?
This article describes a little-known hike along a short segment of the famous Pony Express Trail, in the Northern Sierras. Driving directions from Sacramento are included. Hi-yo Silver! Away!
This article considers the limitations of Cryptozoology as a scientific career. We also touch upon some credible albeit inconclusive evidence for one particular Cryptid, Bigfoot.
Can you find the distance from the base of a Regular Tetrahedron to its center, if you know the height of this figure? This article also describes an important tetrahedron for chemists.
This article describes conventional and nonstandard approaches for kicking cigarette addiction. Subtopics: acetaldehyde, Cold Turkey, exercise, gradual withdrawal, harm reduction, and Swedish Snus.
This article contains informed speculations about the putative connection between weather and rheumatoid arthritis. It also mentions some non-medicinal, do-it-yourself approaches.
This article describes some lesser-known safety precautions for people in mountain lion country. It also reviews common-sense measures, like always hiking in a group.
In some developed countries, obesity has become a serious health problem. This article describes a simple experiment, which sheds some light on the putative link between MSG and overeating.
Some hikers believe that it's always dangerous to wear cotton clothing on outdoor treks. We'll examine this claim from a chemistry perspective.
Being a responsible dog owner requires a lot of time, effort and patience. This article explores four alternatives to conventional dog ownership for busy people.
Aerobic exercise is helpful for people with arthritis. However you need to be especially careful in choosing the right exercise if you have an arthritic hip. I recommend the Trikke.
Political and military leaders have less integrity than ordinary citizens--even in 'democracies'. Now the Pentagon has recruited professional philosophers to legitimize its wars of choice.
Let's analyze some firearms scenarios involving self-defense and violent crime. The insight that we gain could be useful in tweaking gun regulations in a rational way.
We'll look at two uphill hiking tactics: Rhythmic Breathing and the Rest Step. However if you're already an endurance athlete, uphill hiking technique may be less important for you.
The recipe for the Dr Pepper beverage is a big corporate secret. This article attempts to shed some light on the subject. It is based upon information that is readily available on the Internet.
Not all mathematical puzzles are hopelessly complex. Here's a geometry puzzle that can be solved by drawing simple pictures.
Most of us were befuddled by sign conventions in high school algebra. This article explains the reasoning behind the two product/quotient rules.
We don't know enough to state with certainty that gravity is magnetism, as some bloggers speculate. However Einstein's famous energy-matter equivalence from Relativity theory is relevant here.
This article explores the pros and cons of using hiking poles. It also describes how to use your hiking pole to save the life of another hiker, who's being attacked by a mountain lion.
This article describes a slow-paced indoor exercise, called Gorilla Walking. This therapeutic exercise isolates and strengthens the thigh muscles, aka the quadriceps,.
The Lobotomy Nobel of 1949 had tragic consequences. How could the highly educated people within the medical profession and the Nobel Committee make such a huge mistake?
This article is a lighthearted look at the language used to describe an unspeakable crime--murder. For international readers, it can provide some insight into the culture of the USA.
When we look at the first digits from a wide variety of measurements, a striking pattern emerges. This is known as Benford's Law, and as the First Digit Problem. Does Nature have a sense of humor?
This article explores the psychology of exercise. Having a good exercise routine just plain feels good. If you're skeptical of this claim, try the Slouch Day experiment described in the hub.
If we're in good health, hiking uphill is not difficult--if our upper legs have normal strength. However we must pace ourselves properly. And uphill pacing is a skill that can be cultivated.
It is possible to make rice or pasta, using less salt, without sacrificing the salty taste. How? With common-sense chemistry.