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Here follows a story so surreal it's hard to believe it's true: Once upon a time the King of Denmark was Harald Blåtand, or Harald I. His family's rule was more like a dynasty. Born in 910CE (or...
Imagine a new flu virus is sweeping the country. You’re a public health communications expert at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s your job to improve public safety by increasing...
There is a deadly contagion decimating the population of an island off the coast of Australia. Upon infection, it multiplies rapidly, producing gruesome lesions that cause certain death within months...
I sit in the pitch-black room, twisting the knobs on the control pad of the electron microscope. I’m using this device to hunt for cells. Looking through the eyepiece, I work to bring the shadowy...
Standing in Stanley Field Hall at the Field Museum, volunteer Sarah Tulga holds out a bone to two girls with their mother. Sarah is giving her usual spiel about T. rex and their tiny arms. The bone...


May 14, 2017
Have you ever wondered how people build such crazy structures with LEGOs? Rube Golderberg machines... Read More
Apr 29, 2017
The discovery of fire was a turning point in human history for many reasons. Fire offered portable... Read More
Apr 15, 2017
What’s the difference between an Uber driver and a licensed driver of London’s venerable black taxi... Read More


By: Alane Lim
May 7, 2017
When I was a kid, I discovered that wetting my hair made for easier combing. Most mornings, I was afraid that... Read More
By: Namratha Sastry
Apr 29, 2017
The cut and paste keyboard commands (Ctrl/⌘ X and Ctrl/⌘ V) may seem like commonplace instructions to most... Read More
By: Daikang Yan
Apr 23, 2017
Almost everyone loves fireworks. When admiring the brilliant colors exploding in the sky, have you ever... Read More
By: Alane Lim
Apr 8, 2017
When an oven bakes you can feel the heat, and on a stovetop you can see the flames emanating from the surface... Read More