10 Science Myths That Won’t Die

Myth: McDonald’s hamburgers don’t rot.

Science Myths Hamburger

Source: KSL

This “fact” has been making the internet rounds for a while now, but as with most things internet, you’re not getting the big picture. As the story goes, fast food is laden with so many preservatives and chemicals that it doesn’t physically decompose, and therefore can’t (in good conscience) be considered food. Have you seen pictures of years-old McDonald’s food still intact? Yes. Are those pictures real? Probably. Well then, what gives?

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Can Marijuana Cure Epilepsy?

With Oregon, Washington, and D.C. legalizing marijuana in this week’s midterm elections, weed and its place in society has been on a lot of people’s minds. It’s not just for looking cool in your freshman dorm, or showing your parents that they should’ve come to more little league games anymore–it’s also a viable medical treatment for disorders like epilepsy.

Current treatments for severe epilepsy are brain surgery, invasively implanted electric stimulation devices, and medications whose side effects can include huge drops in the number of white blood cells and platelets in the body, problems with the liver and pancreas, aplastic anemia, and even liver failure. In other words, what little relief these treatments might provide to epileptics is obscured by their side effects.

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What A 45,000 Year-Old Bone Reveals About Human-Neanderthal Relations

Human Neanderthal Relations Migration

Source: NPR

In 2008, a bearded Russian man named Nikolai Peristov was searching for mammoth tusks along the muddy banks of the Irtysh River in Siberia. Peristov is both a historian and a jewelry maker, and his plan was to carve out pendants and charms from the ivory of the ancient tusks. But that day, instead of mammoth tusks, Peristov found a human femur near the village of Ust’-Ishim. Although he had no way of knowing it at the time, he had just made one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 21st century.

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