Science Misconceptions
Know the truth before you embarrass yourself!

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5 Ebola Questions You’re Wondering About

5 Ebola Questions You’re Wondering About

You might see reports of the Ebola virus in the news. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have. More...

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TIME Magazine
Lightning Varieties

Lightning Varieties

Great balls of fire may refer to an unusual and never-photographed form of lightning. Take a look at elves, blue jets, red sprites, and other variations on this flashy theme. More...

Interactive
NOVA/PBS
Sharks

Sharks

Despite their reputation, sharks are a lot more than voracious killing machines. And we're a bigger danger to them than they are to us. Explore the world of sharks. More...

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National Geographic
Bad Astronomy

Bad Astronomy

Astronomer Phil Plait set out to clear up the misconceptions about astronomy he found in movies, on TV, all over the place. Click the links on the left of your screen and let Plait set you straight. More...

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Phil Plait
Bats

Bats

Do you use the phrase "blind as a bat" or believe all bats have rabies? Time to clear up a few misconceptions about these flying mammals. More...

Article
FactMonster.com
How Do Diamonds Form?

How Do Diamonds Form?

Legend has it that Superman crushed a lump of coal into a diamond, but even for him that would have been impossible. Find out how diamonds are really formed — on Earth and in outer space. More...

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Geology.com
How Can Graphite and Diamond Be So Different If They Are Both Composed of Pure Carbon?

How Can Graphite and Diamond Be So Different If They Are Both Composed of Pure Carbon?

One's the hardest known natural material on the Mohs scale, the other is soft enough to be used for pencil "lead." How does that happen? More...

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Scientific American
What Is Radioactivity?

What Is Radioactivity?

Like a radioactive substance, this site peppers you with particles. But they're particles of information. Try the quiz and see how many got into your brain. More...

Interactive
BBC
How Vaccines Work

How Vaccines Work

Vaccines jump-start the immune response so the body can fend off a real attack later. See how a vaccine mimics the pathogen and triggers a chain reaction in the immune system that the body remembers. More...

Interactive
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
5 Reasons Cold Fusion Is Bunk

5 Reasons Cold Fusion Is Bunk

If it starts to seem as if cold fusion has been winning over all its critics in recent years, take a look at this. More...

Article
Discovery
Charles Darwin Survival Game

Charles Darwin Survival Game

Play this game, based on Darwin's rules of natural selection, to create a species that will survive one million years in a changing environment. Hint: Go for diversity. More...

Game
Animal Planet
Universe 101: Big Bang Theory

Universe 101: Big Bang Theory

Cosmology is the study of the universe as a whole: its beginning, evolution, and end. Want to know more? Read on for a mental workout. More...

Article
NASA
Growing Slime Mold

Growing Slime Mold

Always wanted a pet but don't have much room? Raise a "poly" pet with this slime mold experiment. More...

Activity
Exploratorium
Higgs Boson: The Hunt for the Key to the Universe

Higgs Boson: The Hunt for the Key to the Universe

Launch this video to find out how Peter Higgs convinced his colleagues of the existence of the Higgs Boson, a sub-atomic particle, despite having no physical proof. More...

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NOVA/PBS