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David Blaine undertakes ‘electrifying’ stunt

American illusionist and stuntman David Blaine has started his latest feat of endurance in New York. Having previously made headlines with stunts that…

6 Magicians Who Died While Performing The Bullet Catch

Is it possible for a human being to catch a speeding bullet in his mouth? For centuries, magicians have been convincing audiences that it is. Whether the bullet catch is an illusion or the result of lightning-fast reflexes, it definitely comes with a fatal risk. Since its introduction in the late 1500s, many magicians have [...]

Mighty Microbes: 4 Little Creatures that Pack a Big Scientific Punch

By Maggie Koerth-Baker Economists do it with spreadsheets and charts. Architects favor balsa wood. But when a biologist needs a model, it’s gotta be alive. Here’s to the tiny critters that have inched our world forward, one microscopic step at a time. Big Name: Shewanella oneidensis Why It Deserves a TV Special: Shewanella can go without air longer [...]

The Late Movies: Ali G

Before Borat, before BrĂ¼no, there was Ali G, a character created by Sacha Baron Cohen to satirize various political and social issues through interviews with public figures. According to Wikipedia: Ali G is a boorish, uneducated, streetwise youth with a deeply stereotypical view of the world, who either embarrasses his interviewee by displaying a mixture of [...]