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10 Absolutely Stunning Street Transformations

Nothing spruces up a building like a fresh coat of paint. Some street artists are…

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What If the Sun Suddenly Disappeared?

Imagine yourself waking up one morning at the crack of 10 a.m., pulling back the…

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Why Spam Remains the Champion Ingredient of Weird Recipes

Some foods were never meant to be on the same plate together, So how did…

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If Earth Stopped Spinning, What Would Happen?

Earth is always turning, but what if someone threw on the planet’s emergency brake and…

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The Heroic Horseback Librarians of the Great Depression

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10 Day-to-Day Products That Were Radioactive

Products full of radioactive ingredients were the norm ‘back in the day’. It was the…

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The Animals That Can Freeze and Come Back to Life

Not every animal can migrate when things get chilly, but being able to freeze and…

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The Top 9 Megaprojects Being Built Right Now

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The Hot Air Behind the History of the Hair Dryer

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Take one total lunar eclipse, stir in a blue moon and what do you get?…

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This Is Why Funny Cat Videos Are Good For You

Feeling guilty because you’re a closeted fan of cat videos? Don’t be. Research is showing…

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Submarine Volcanoes: An Underwater Explosive Force of Nature

Earth’s oceans are hiding deep secrets waiting to erupt. There are millions of volcanos underwater,…

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10 Odd Beauty Inventions Women Had to Use in the Past

Women were once forced to go to more ridiculous and often times even dangerous lengths…

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10 Amazing Animal Births

Nature’s creatures have developed some bizarrely interesting ways to bring their offspring into the world.

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Rosie the Riveter’s Underknown True Story

Rosie the Riveter was a symbol for the feminist movement for decades, but behind the…

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10 Weird-Looking Creatures You’ve Never Seen Before

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The New Railway 1,500 Chinese Workers Built Overnight

China needed a railway station built - quickly. A small army of workers with a…

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The New Blood Test That Detects 8 Common Varieties of Cancer

A $500 blood test might be the end result of new research that has shown…

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Is intelligence (or lack thereof) a dealbreaker when it comes to what attracts you to…

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The Birdman of the Skies Who Keeps Orphaned Birds Flying

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Stuntmen of the early 20th century lived hard and played hard. They may have been…

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Newly Discovered Clean Water Reserves On Mars Mean Colonization is Possible

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Two-Headed Sharks: Myth or Just Mysterious?

What’s worse than hungry sharks patrolling coastal waters for a human-sized snack? How about two-headed…

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Japan’s WWII Balloon Bombs: Death From Above for Americans

During WWII Japan took to the skies with explosives-packed balloons to get to its enemy’s…

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The Autistic Artist Who Uses His Photographic Memory to Create Masterpieces

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10 Scary Facts About Artificial Intelligence

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10 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From Around the World

Do you think your friends and family have some weird Christmas traditions? They might seem…

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The 10 Greatest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2017

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100 years ago a deadly explosion lead to a Christmas tradition between the cities of…

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The History of Why Women Shave Their Body Hair

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Do you dream about living near the ocean? How about ON the ocean, in a…

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How a Stray Russian Dog Became the World’s First Astronaut

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When fitness first became fashionable you had to get your sweat-on while strapped to extremely…

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America’s Black Friday: A Big Deal With a Dark History

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This one time, Elvis decided he really wanted a narcotics badge from Richard Nixon. A…

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There's a place on Earth so deep underwater it's an environment of extremes no human…

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America loves food. You know what else it loves? Throwing perfectly good, uneaten food in…

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The world's deepest well has been drilled 13,000 feet beneath Antarctic ice. Why? What's being…

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Think you've been stuck in some ridiculous traffic jams? You won't believe what drivers in…

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Why Showering Daily is Actually Bad for You

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Albert Einstein, besides being a genius, was also a decent tipper. The courier given this…

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African nations are planting a continent-crossing Great Green Wall made entirely of vegetation and providing…

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You may stand to sing it now, but in its earliest form America's national anthem…

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Thanks to some scraps of DNA and a lot of scientific ingenuity there's hope that…

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Evolution has given the human body some odd parting gifts, like the appendix. People just…

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The Amazing Escape That Lead a Slave and His Family to Freedom

When one man decided he'd had enough living life as a slave, he hatched a…

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The Killer Comet That Gave Rise to Civilization As We Know It

Newly discovered ancient tablets depict a massive comet slammed into earth around 10,000 BC, giving…

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Animal cruelty had a different definition 100 years ago, as the immensely popular horse diving…

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It spent nearly 20 years traveling hundreds of millions of miles and studying Saturn from…

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Victoria Woodhull's ideas might make a lot of sense today, but during her 1872 presidential…

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10 Animal Heroes Of The Past And Present

A hero can come in many shapes and sizes, but as we like to point…

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9/11 Boat Lift: The Largest Marine Evacuation in History

If it floated, it was needed. Half a million New Yorkers were rescued by a…

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Ellis Island, the busiest immigrant inspection gateway in the U.S. for over 60 years, opened…

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Jack Daniel's Whiskey has over 150 years of history behind its name, but its only…

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China has its eyes on a very big economic prize and it's dangling the proverbial…

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The Soviet Union's space shuttle program lasted less than 20 years and managed only one…

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CRISPR. Sounds delicious. The word itself looks impressive. But there’s good reason why the scientific…

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British Home Children: Noble Intentions Gone Bad

Everyone dreams of a brighter future for children. Anne MacPherson, a Scottish Evangelical Quaker who…

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London Witches Cast Spells on Hitler to Keep the Nazis Out of England

The idea of witches taking on Nazis sounds like the kind of thing you would…

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A Look Back and Forward at the Flying Car

The path to a functional flying automobile has been a rocky one, but the days…

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Henrietta Lacks: The Unknown Woman Who Helped Save Modern Medicine

For some, brave works and contributions are done anonymously because the person would rather their…

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When the Forerunner to Fake News Led to War Between Spain and America

Fake news isn’t new. The battle for the most outrageous headlines of the late 1880s…

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Castle Itter: The Strangest Battle of World War Two

It was the final days of World War Two in Europe. Hitler had committed suicide,…

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Moscow’s Stray Subway Riding Dogs

What’s a dog to do when you don’t have a roof over your head and…

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Our World With No Bees: Robots to the Rescue?

Bees are in danger. Large numbers of them are dying, and scientists are still trying…

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10 Good News Stories to Brighten Your View of the World

The world has expanded access to fresh water, restored sight to four million blind people,…

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The Great British Train Robbery: A Heist Made For Hollywood

As kids we are taught that crime doesn’t pay. Unsurprisingly, like many lessons we learn…

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The Little Wax Worm Might Solve Our Great Big Plastic Problem

Mother Nature has her fair share of troublemakers, including teeny moth larvae named the wax…

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The 80th Anniversary of the Hindenburg Disaster and the End of the Zeppelin

When you hear the word zeppelin, most people think of the band Led Zeppelin or…

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The Sunken Russian Sub the CIA Asked Howard Hughes to Help Salvage

The following event took place during a politically precarious time period and is centered around…

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The Japanese Pufferfish Becomes Nature’s Greatest Artist During Mating Season

What’s a lonely Japanese pufferfish to do when he’s in search of a mate and…

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Operation Yellow Ribbon’s Small Town Hospitality on 9/11

September 11, 2001 is a day that will live in our collective memory for quite…

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Nuclear Fusion May Bring the Power of the Sun to Planet Earth

In the upcoming documentary film Let There Be Light, about humankind’s groundbreaking strides towards the…

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Science’s Most Mesmerizing Universe Simulations

Humanity's most advanced telescopes can only take snapshots of the cosmos but astronomers are using…

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The Mysterious, Free-Roaming Zebras of Hearst Castle

It’s a perfect California day: bright sunshine, a light breeze, warm enough to drive with…

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Albert Einstein’s Unknown Practical Inventions

Albert Einstein is known for his groundbreaking scientific principles and of course his theory of…

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The History of Income Taxes in the United States

If we asked you to come up with the one thing that Americans collectively hate…

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Why the Japanese Couldn’t Leave Their Country for Two Centuries

If we told you this was a story about a nation trying to close its…

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The Best Feud That Never Really Existed: Edison and Tesla

Before there were bicoastal battles over rap styles or international incidents about comma use, there…

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The 8 Worst Jobs Kids Used to Do

Most adults today have a story about a horrible job they held as a kid,…

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15 Mesmerizing Things Invisible to the Human Eye

It is incredible what things look like at micro scale. Regardless if it can kill…

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Drones Sacrificed to Capture Lava Lake at Ambrym Volcano

Drones capture high-definition images of the spectacular yet dangerous Marum Crater of Ambrym in Vanuatu.

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The Origins of Idioms: Where Your Favorite Phrases Were Hatched

So you’ve found yourself enjoying a morning bowl of your favourite bran-based breakfast cereal and…

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5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Martin Luther King Jr.

While the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. is recognized as a holiday in January,…

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Big Business Is Knocking Down the Fading Spaghetti Tree

It seems like eons ago that Switzerland made headlines around the world with news of…

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The 8 Tallest Abandoned Skyscrapers in the World

The skyscraper has long been the symbol of power and prestige. For generations humans have…

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Sadako Sasaki: Tragedy, Hope and 1,000 Paper Cranes

Sadako Sasaki — you might not know the name, but if you know anything about…

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The Mystery and Heartache Residing in the Plain of Jars

What might be the one of the most ancient burial grounds in the world is…

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Great Lakes Winter Surfing: Warm Wetsuits and Frigid Waters

Gale-force winds and snow squalls: two things that usually mean you're breaking out the shovel…

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How Rats Are Saving Human Lives With Their Noses

Forget the saying, ‘Like rats from a sinking ship.’ HeroRats are diving nose-first into danger…

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8 Countries That No Longer Exist

Countries have come and gone over the centuries for numerous reasons, even as a result…

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The Other Side of Einstein’s Genius

Best known for his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein has become a pop culture icon…

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Kopi Luwak: The Good and the Bad of Civet Poop Coffee

Any discussion on kopi luwak, some of the most expensive coffee in the world, must…

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The Female Pope: Stoned, But Not Forgotten

The shattering of Hillary’s glass ceiling would have been quite the pioneering achievement for womanhood,…

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10 of the World’s Most Remote Inhabited Islands

These are the islands in our dreams. The dots on our globe that we know…

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How Artificial Reefs Are Saving Miami’s Ecosystems

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Life Beyond a Gender Label: Is Male or Female Our Only Choice?

Some people might shrug it off as a fad; others take the path of self-righteousness…

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10 Notable Women of History in Science

Let’s be honest: we take science and technology for granted. Just be glad that these…

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Proving there’s more to some houses than meets the eye, London’s upper crust are digging…

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The Sad Tale Behind Central Park’s Destruction of Seneca Village

This is the story of the African-American Community that died so Central Park could live.

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10 Technologies That Could Save the World

When life gives you poop, just make drinking water. The world might seem to be…

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The Time Detroit Gave the Key to the City to Saddam Hussein

In case you happen to ever find yourself in a dank Detroit watering hole getting…

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Designing and Inventing the LEGO Way Isn’t Just For Kids

Is there knowledge to be gained from LEGO besides the obvious ‘stepping on a small…

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The Great Flooding of the Black Sea

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Why Canada Keeps Leaving Bottles of Whiskey on a Remote Island

There’s a tiny little island waaaay up north, between Canada and Greenland that’s creating a…

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The Manhattan Project’s Gift to America: A Potential Underground Chernobyl

In the early days of nuclear research, safety procedures and waste disposal were not up…

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10 Bizarre Medical Practices From History

What would you do if you couldn’t trust your doctor? The medical profession wasn’t always…

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1816: The Year Without Summer

In 1815, Indonesia’s Mount Tambora blew its top and threw shade at the people of…

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The Great Wall of China and Its Amazing List of Wonders

The Great Wall of China is an impressive sounding name, but it still doesn’t really…

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Prisons are not designed to be pleasant places. They are harsh, cruel, unforgiving. They can…