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  • When you travelling in a jet plane, why do objects on the ground look as though they are still or moving slowly?

  • If I were to heat up a brownie and a white piece of cake, would the brownie heat up faster by radiation transfer because of its darker color?

  • Why does steam make ironing cotton pants so much easier?

The How Things Work website at the University of Virginia answers these and dozens of other questions on a wide array of science topics.


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