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The Things That Keep You Alive

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Why You’re Alive

You probably don’t realize that these things you take for granted might be the reason you’re still around to take things for granted.

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Robots Are Taking All the Good Waiter Jobs

This video of the world’s first fully-automated restaurant is a few years old, but still really cool.

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Oh, This One Is So Watery

A few weeks ago I linked to an article about a restaurant getting attention for its 45-page water menu. Now, that establishment’s “water sommelier” sits down with Conan to talk and taste.

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Handheld Music Player

The Disney Research Lab is trying to develop a technology that allows you to play music through your fingertips.

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In the Eye of the Beholder

What is ugly? This exhibit examines that very thing.

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Let the Theft Begin

The massive map from the new Grand Theft Auto game has been leaked online.

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Drinking the Haterade

Sports fans, myself included, are typically packed to the brim with things about sports that they passionately dislike. Some of them are just weird and ridiculous, but some of them deserve their scorn.

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He Doesn’t Look A Day Over 130

Dhaqabo Ebba claims to have been born more than a century and a half ago.

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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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