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Tunnels sign in Moose Jaw

The Tunnels of Moose Jaw

Underground legends

A Saskatchewan city with a funny name has some surprising history beneath its streets. From sweatshops to speakeasies, underground operations boomed in the early years of the 20th century.
A jumping spider

Jumping Spiders

The lovable, multi-talented octopedes

If a spider can be cute, friendly, and comical, it would have to be a member of the Salticid family. These tiny spiders can jump up to 6 inches, but they're not as scary as they sound.
A girl on a video call

Eye-to-Eye Video

Solving the eye contact problem

Most videoconferencing designs, which put the camera above or to the side of the screen, prevent you from making eye contact with the other participants. Research is underway to give participants true eye-to-eye communication.
Beale Papers cover page

The Beale Ciphers

Yet another story of secret codes and hidden treasure

One of the most vexing unsolved cryptographic puzzles of the last two centuries may point to buried treasure, but odds favor a more prosaic explanation.
Leaf cutter ants

Leaf Cutter Ants

A different kind of deforestation

If you need to disassemble a large tree and carry it a hundred yards or so, just find yourself a few million leaf cutter ants. That's not hard to do in Central America.
Burnt wreckage of British Airtours Flight 28M, which inspired Maurice Ward to invent Starlite


The mystery miracle heatproof plastic

A seemingly miraculous plastic invented in the late 1980s appeared to be completely fireproof and a nearly perfect insulator, capable of withstanding 10,000°C without breaking a sweat. So why is it still not for sale?
The French Quarter in New Orleans


But wait, there’s more!

You know the old saying: you get what you pay for. But smart retailers underpromise and overdeliver, making their customers feel they are getting a little something extra.
Diagram of one type of bionic eye

Bionic Eyes

Seeing is believing

Several techniques are being developed to convert the output from digital cameras into signals the human brain can understand, making them into primitive but functional artificial eyes.
Thought Contagion cover


The science of idea propagation

The way beliefs spread from one person to another resembles, in some ways, the way a virus spreads. A modern theory of idea epidemiology casts new light on religions, fads, political movements, and more.
Dr. Kenneth L. Pike


The linguistic theory of everything

According to this fringe linguistic theory, every sort of human behavior, from football games to church services, is fundamentally linguistic in nature.
The B-52s

The B-52s

The deadbeat club follows their bliss

That quirky band from the '80s may have made their reputation with songs like Rock Lobster and Love Shack, but they're under-appreciated for creating truly innovative music. And they're still touring!
Water draining

The Coriolis Force

Taking an urban legend for a spin

You know the old myth that water drains clockwise in one hemisphere and counterclockwise in the other? Surprisingly, there's something to the story, but it's not quite as simple as one might imagine.
Visualization of tachyons


Tracking the elusive faster-than-light particle

The Theory of Relativity says that nothing can accelerate to a speed faster than light. But a hypothetical particle called a tachyon gets around this rule because it started out going faster than light.
Pushing hands in Czech Republic

Push Hands

The paradoxical secret weapon of t’ai chi

A two-person exercise performed by t'ai chi practitioners aims to help the participants identify areas of tension in their bodies. But it's more like dancing than sparring.
Paris sewers

Paris Sewers

Exploring the dark underbelly of the City of Light

Where once Paris's waste disposal system was the Seine, now it's a massive network of tunnels that almost exactly mirrors the streets above. And more goes on there than meets the nose.

Today is…

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

A chocolate cupcake
Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day, or "Thursday" for short.

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