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The Missing Links: These Campaign Websites Are So 90s

Climbing the World Trade Center Don’t ever say a reporter’s job is easy: Two years before the official opening of the Twin Towers in 1973, PopSci reporter Robert Gannon visited the 110-story construction site – and nearly chickened out. To reach the top of the world’s tallest building, Gannon had to climb wobbly wooden ladders lashed [...]

What We Learned from 5 Million Books

In this fourteen-minute TEDxBoston Talk, uber-geeks Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel talk about what they’ve learned from processing 5 million books (or 500 billion words) via the Google Ngram Viewer. This tool uses text scanned from books to find specific terms and phrases, so you can figure out historical patterns of language usage. [...]

US joins efforts for space ‘code of conduct’

Calls are being answered for an international code of conduct to govern off-world exploration practices. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stated…

8 Accidental Charitable Donations

You know how you hold on to some stupid kitchen item for like eight years, then decide that you’ve used it once and donate it to Goodwill? Then the next week, you find yourself in critical need of that garlic press for the first time since the Clinton administration? Now imagine that garlic press was [...]

The Best and Worst Political Campaign Songs (But Mostly the Worst)

With the campaign for the Republican nomination in full swing, candidates are beginning to rally their bases, retool their talking points and (cue the intro music, please!) select their campaign songs—those upbeat little ditties that play at rallies, speeches and pretty much whenever a candidate walks on stage. The Art of Choosing the Right Campaign [...]

What If The US Government Paid Off Its Entire Debt?

The idea might seem laughable now, but 11 years ago, when the US was running a budget surplus, the government did a secret study to find out what would happen if it paid off its entire debt. The study’s conclusion? Paying off [...]

Striped Skunk Color Pattern Explained

By Sean J. Barry, University of California, Davis (Image credit: Flickr users Clinton & Charles Robertson) I have solved a longstanding mystery: why skunks have their characteristic stripes. Striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) are among the most familiar yet least understood of North American mammals. For example, people commonly think of these vividly marked animals as denizens of forests, [...]

Twin Sisters Give Birth Minutes Apart

Identical twin sisters Amy Gilbert and Allison Oliverio of Clinton, Michigan grew up together, both married their high school sweethearts, went into the same profession, and then became mothers -on the same day! Dr. Timothy Kim was back and forth delivering both babies. “They were kind enough to put rooms next to each other, so not so [...]

Presidents with Hams

You knew some presidents were hams (cough*Clinton*cough) and some no doubt ate ham, but I bet you’ve never seen a gallery of all the president holding hams! Click on a president (or a ham) and you’ll be taken to a larger picture and interesting trivia about that president. Link -via J-Walk Blog

Stuff You Did as a Baby (That You Still Do Today)

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. You can answer this one about yourself or, if you’ve reproduced, your kid(s). Is there a personality trait or hobby [...]