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Feb
03
Did air pollution help create the Impressionists?

Did air pollution help create the Impressionists?

The late 19th century in Europe saw the emergence of the hazy style of the Impressionists, which privileged mood and
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Feb
02
Going to Disneyland without giving them your data

Going to Disneyland without giving them your data

Janet Vertesi writes about trying to go to Disneyland with her family while remaining anonymous: "Once upon a time, you
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Feb
01
Australians scour the desert for radioactive capsule

Australians scour the desert for radioactive capsule

Authorities in Western Australia are searching for a radioactive capsule, which they believe fell off a truck while being transported.
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Jan
31
Popular theories about depression are wrong

Popular theories about depression are wrong

People often think they know what causes chronic depression. Surveys indicate that more than 80% of the public blames a
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Jan
30
Are there mammoth tusks in Manhattan's East River?

Are there mammoth tusks in Manhattan's East River?

In a recent interview on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which has an estimated audience of 11 million listeners per episode
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Jan
27
This farmer secretly paid for his neighbors prescriptions

This farmer secretly paid for his neighbors prescriptions

When the doctor in Alabama saw what a hornet sting had done to Eli Schlageter, his advice to Eli’s
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Jan
26
Earth’s core has stopped and may be reversing direction

Earth’s core has stopped and may be reversing direction

Earth’s inner core has recently stopped spinning, and may now be reversing the direction of its rotation, according to
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Jan
25
An iconic photo of American workers is not what it seems

An iconic photo of American workers is not what it seems

Eleven pairs of shoes were dangling over the New York City skyline. It was September of 1932, as the Great
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Jan
24
Playing music to cheese as it ages changes the flavor

Playing music to cheese as it ages changes the flavor

Last September, Swiss cheesemaker Beat Wampfler and a team of researchers from the Bern University of Arts placed nine 22-pound
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Jan
23
In medieval times, women could be troubadors too

In medieval times, women could be troubadors too

Unlike what history tells us medieval women were like, these "trobairitz" or female troubadors  openly criticized men and even made
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