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    Asked by Yasmine Welch in Iowa, Politics and Government

    What went wrong with the Iowa caucus?

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    The results of the 2020 Iowa caucus were delayed considerably for the Democratic party. The delay is being largely blamed on reporting and coding problems with the new smartphone app that is being used to collect results. In the face of harsh criticism for the issue-riddled caucus, Iowa Democratic Party Communications Director Mandy McClure shared the following update late Monday night: “We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results. In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report. This is simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results.”
    Asked by Tavares Cole in Federal Laws, Politics and Government

    What happens to the funds a politician raised when they drop out of a race?

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    I’ll limit this answer to the funds the politician’s own campaign raises, not Political Action Committees (PAC) associated with candidates, since that part gets pretty messy. Also, it should be noted that it’s pretty rare to have a lot of excess funds at the end of a race—most money raised gets spent quickly, and the reason why many candidates drop out is that they ran out of money. However, failed politicians do have a few options for leftover cash. The laws vary from state to state, but at the federal level, they’ll first tie up whatever loose ends the campaign might have, like debts or outstanding operating costs. With the rest, they can donate it to charities or political parties, donate up to $2,000 of it per election to another candidate (or $5,000 to a PAC), or save it for if they decide to run again. One thing they can’t do is pocket it for personal use.
    Asked by Arden Smith in Gophers and Groundhogs

    Did the groundhog see its shadow yesterday?

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    In 2020, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. If he's to be believed, that means we'll have an early spring this year, but you手机500彩票客户端 must remember that Punxsutawney Phil isn't a very good predictor. From 2008 to 2018, he got it right a measly 40 percent of the time.
    Asked by Trent Rodriguez in Meteorology and Weather, Clouds

    Is it possible to modify the weather?

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    It’s hard to say. While we can’t change daily temperatures, there’s some evidence that we can modify precipitation with a method called cloud seeding. The United States uses cloud seeding to alleviate droughts, induce snowfall near ski resorts, and even reduce hailstone size and fog. A crash course on cloud seeding: Usually by plane, but occasionally by other means like chimneys or even cannons, certain chemical compounds are introduced into clouds. The hope is that these compounds—the most popular being silver iodide—turn water droplets into ice crystals, making them heavy enough to fall from the clouds. In the cold, they’ll be snowflakes; in warmer temperatures, they’ll melt into raindrops. Further, we seed fog with dry ice to increase visibility at airports; we seed potential hail-producing clouds to create more individual ice nuclei, lessening hailstones’ potential for growth. All this said, there’s some disagreement about whether cloud seeding even works. Some studies say it doesn’t affect precipitation; others, using ground-based radars to examine particles within clouds, say they do.
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    Asked by Jude Beatty in American Football History, Super Bowl

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    There’s plenty, but as a jilted Rams fan, I’ve gotta go with The Tackle at Super Bowl XXXIV. So often, games end in crushing fashion—you手机500彩票客户端 think you手机500彩票客户端 have it won, but as the clock ticks down and the opposing team drives closer to you手机500彩票客户端r endzone, you手机500彩票客户端r dreams deflate and eventually get stomped on, stamped out, covered in the enemy’s confetti. This time, though, we HELD ON—Rams linebacker Mike Jones stopped Titans receiver Kevin Dyson one yard short of the endzone on the last play of the game, taking our dreams off the turf and holding them high with the Lombardi Trophy. Sucked for Titans fans, their dreams getting stomped on and all, but hey, that’s sports.
    Asked by Lilliana Rogahn in Head, Ears, and Nose, Respiratory System, Winter

    Why does cold weather cause runny noses?

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    A couple different cold-weather factors contribute to there being just too much fluid for the nose to hold (gross, I know, but true). First, because winter air tends to be very dry, the nose has to produce a lot of extra fluid to humidify it properly on its way to the lungs. Sometimes it makes so much that it runs right out the end of the nose. What’s more, when that warm, moisturized air gets breathed back out into cold, dry surroundings, it condenses on the cold tip of the nose, adding even more fluid.
    Asked by Joanne Skiles in Super Bowl, Football - American, TV Programming and Commercials

    How much do companies pay for Super Bowl commercials?

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    Short answer: a lot. Longer answer: a whole lot. More than before. Full answer: In 2020, the game’s priciest 30-second commercial slots sold for $5–5.6 million. Slots before and after the game, meanwhile, sold for $2–3 million. Considering that in 2008, that was the cost of an in-game commercial, it’s safe to say that the cost of advertising is going up. They cost so much, obviously, because so many people watch it. Since 2008, average viewership for the game has routinely eclipsed 100 million people. Of the top 20 most-viewed single-network broadcasts in American history, 19 of them were Super Bowls (shoutout to the M*A*S*H finale for cracking that top 20).
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    Asked by Lorenza Eichmann in Politics and Government, Definitions

    What is a caucus?

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    A caucus is a method political parties use in some states (notably Iowa) to choose presidential nominees, which is also what a primary is for, so that confusion is definitely justified. The main difference is that in a primary, you手机500彩票客户端 vote by secret ballot, but in a caucus, you手机500彩票客户端 gather with other members of the party and vote by raising you手机500彩票客户端r hand or grouping together in certain areas. Caucuses also give participants the chance to debate candidates, which you手机500彩票客户端 definitely can’t do at a primary. They also have multiple rounds—if a candidate has less than 15 percent of the participants in their corner after the initial vote, their supporters can choose a different candidate in the second round. The whole thing is really confusing, and there’s a lot more to the process after the actual voting, but those are the big-picture differences. Hope this helps!
    Asked by Aurore Cartwright in Animal Behavior, Farm Animals

    Why aren’t we still domesticating new animals?

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    There just aren’t any more that are worth our time. It’s actually pretty difficult to find species that suit domestication—although there are a few exceptions, they generally need to mature quickly relative to us, be willing to breed in captivity, be able to eat the food we can provide, have a good temperament, recognize humans as their pack leaders, and not flee when they’re scared. So, although we probably could domesticate some seemingly good candidates, like zebras or deer, they’re better off in the wild.
    Asked by Jarrod Ruecker in Super Bowl, Gambling

    Is there a strategy to Super Bowl squares?

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    That depends. Is the 10x10 grid numbered 0–9 before you手机500彩票客户端 choose you手机500彩票客户端r squares, or are the column numbers being selected afterward? If it’s the former, the simplest strategy is to go with 0s, 7s, and (to a lesser extent) 3s. According to a Harvard study of NFL postseason games, those are the luckiest numbers by quarter. Getting a little fancier, try to choose 0s for the underdogs and 7s for the favorites. Avoid 2s, 5s, 8s, and 9s—thinking about football scores, which most commonly raise by either three or seven, this makes sense. If you手机500彩票客户端’re choosing randomly, there’s a lot less you手机500彩票客户端 can do. To maximize you手机500彩票客户端r chance of winning something, try to ensure each of you手机500彩票客户端r squares has a unique row and column. To throw a hail mary and try to win big, pick as many squares in a single column as the game allows.
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    Asked by Brandon Pagac in LEGO, Word and Phrase Origins, Toys

    Where did LEGOs get their name?

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    The word “LEGO” is a combination of the Danish words “leg” and “godt,” together meaning “play well.” This makes sense, The LEGO Group being a Danish toy company—what’s interesting is that originally, the company sold their trademark building blocks with the name “Automatic Binding Bricks.” At that point only sold in Denmark, the blocks’ English name was a tribute to the Allied Forces who liberated Europe and ended World War II. By 1953, they were given a new name: “LEGO Mursten,” or “LEGO Bricks,” and by 1955, they were being sold internationally.
    Asked by Jeffry Ortiz in Firefighters, Fire Prevention and Protection

    What do firefighters do when there's no fire?

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    In addition to their obvious role, firefighters also function as medical responders. They get dispatched to emergencies in the hopes that they can provide some medical aid before paramedics arrive. When there are no calls to respond to, firefighters do the following: Preparing — Firefighters need to make sure they are ready at a moment’s notice. This involves checking that the trucks and equipment are always in good working order. Training — Firefighters are constantly required to learn new skills. This includes medical training as well as fitness and equipment training. Public Outreach — Firefighters sometimes speak at special events and cover topics ranging from exit drills in the 手机500彩票客户端 to wildfire safety. Reporting — Firefighters are required to document every incident they respond to, no matter what.
    Asked by Curt Eichmann in Kobe Bryant, Basketball, Los Angeles Lakers

    What's the greatest Kobe Bryant moment?

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    I'd say the amazing game against Phoenix Suns on April 30th, 2006 when he tied the score with just 0.7 seconds left, then he threw a buzzer-beater in the overtime and gave the Lakers the win. The second favourite would be when he scored 81 points on January 22, 2006, versus the Toronto Raptors. He made 28 out of 46 shots + 18 free throws.
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    At just 18 years old, Billie Eilish made history at the 2020 ceremony as the you手机500彩票客户端ngest solo artist to ever win the coveted Album of the Year award. The previous record holder was Taylor Swift, who won that award back in 2010 for her sophomore album, Fearless. She was 20 years old. Eilish also became the first woman ever to win all four general field awards (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and Record of the Year) in a single ceremony. The you手机500彩票客户端ngest individual winner of any Grammy is LeAnn Rimes, who snatched up the Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance awards at 14 years old.
    Asked by Carlo Kiehn in Hair Loss and Treatment, Men's Health

    Why doesn't male pattern baldness affect body hair?

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    Although it’s not completely understood, men go bald on their heads but not their bodies thanks to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a derivative of testosterone. Up to 10 percent of the body’s testosterone is converted into DHT starting from when a boy hits puberty. Both contribute to male sex characteristics, such as a deep voice and muscle mass growth. While hair follicles on the legs, back, and other areas require the hormone to grow, DHT essentially causes hair follicles on top of the head to shrink and shut down prematurely. Genetics plays a large part in how likely a man is to experience this type of hair loss.
    Asked by Keith Rohan in WWE World Wrestling Entertainment, Wrestling

    Who is the best Royal Rumble competitor of all time?

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    Some of the best Royal Rumble competitor are Rey Mysterio. 2 of 11. Victories: 1 (2006) Edge. 3 of 11. Victories: 1 (2010) Randy Orton. 4 of 11. Victories: 1 (2009) John Cena. 5 of 11. Triple H. 6 of 11. The Undertaker. 7 of 11
    Asked by Grover Carroll in Sports

    What's the best all-star game in sports?

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    To me, it’s gotta be the MLB All-Star Game. Other all-star games feel like great players getting together and fooling around, putting on a show that half-resembles the sport; in baseball, it feels like what the concept of an all-star game suggests: the best players in the sport competing. Until recently, the game had actual stakes, as it determined which league gets 手机500彩票客户端-field advantage in the World Series, and I think this spirit of competitiveness still flows through it. And, of course, it has the pomp-and-circumstance surrounding the game (the 手机500彩票客户端 run derby, the celebrity softball game, etc.) that makes it feel extra special.
    Asked by Susan Gutkowski in Viruses (biological), Health

    What is the coronavirus?

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    The coronaviruses are a family of viruses whose symptoms can range from the common cold to something more serious and potentially lethal, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). There are currently no vaccines or antiviral treatments available. In January 2020, an outbreak of the virus occurred in Wuhan, China. So far, over a dozen other countries, including Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States, have confirmed cases of the infection. A quarantine was issued in Wuhan, and train stations, ferries, and the airport were shut down.

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