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Published on April 3, 2011

Déjà Vu: Where have I heard this before?

We have all experienced it—the strange and eerie feeling of recognizing something despite encountering it for the first time. This phenomenon known as déjà vu (which in French translates to "already seen") is experienced by 60-70% of adults and can occur upon exposure to a familiar place, person, or circumstance. Neuroscientists at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT may have shed light on the neurological mechanisms in the hippocampus that create the sensation of déjà vu. - Christine Nagy. Published on April 3, 2011.

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The Science Behind Wrinkles

With every birthday, it gets harder and harder for our skin to conceal our age. Wrinkles, age spots, sagging, and looseness of the skin are the telltale signs of aging. An understanding of how skin ages can help us to take the necessary preventive measures to keep it looking young. - Marcela Hasbun. Published on April 3, 2011.

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Frisbees in Flight

Frisbees have long been used recreationally by people of all ages. However, rarely do people stop to wonder about the physical phenomena that allow them to enjoy this addictive flying disc. Understanding the two fundamental ideas behind the flight of a Frisbee may help you to keep the Frisbee lifted in the air for a longer period and greater distance. - Jordan Altaras. Published on April 3, 2011.

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Do fingernails grow faster than toenails?

Fingernails grow about two to three times faster than toenails. While it takes about 6 months for a fingernail to replace itself from the root at a rate of about 3 millimeters per month, toenails grow back in 12-18 months at a rate of about 1 millimeter every month. Even though fingernails and toenails grow through the same processes, a variety of factors cause fingernails to grow much faster. - Olivia Gardner. Published on April 3, 2011.

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Margarine vs. Butter: Which is the Better Spread?

The debate over which is better—butter or margarine—has been going on for years. While opinions can be decided based on a wide variety of criteria, such as taste or texture, the question of the chemical difference between the two can often elude consumers. The difference in composition between butter and margarine is important to consider when comparing these two spreads. - Jacqueline Kurth. Published on April 3, 2011.

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