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The Psychology of Scares

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Halloween is over, but the scares we endured linger. A "scare specialist" explains why some people are thrilled by horror movies and haunted houses while others prefer to hide under the covers.

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In an "utterly extraordinary" coincidence, one of J.K. Rowling's most curiously named characters turns out to have been real after all.

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The long-awaited day has come: most airlines are making moves to allow passengers to keep their phones, e-readers, tablets, and other electronics on during take-off and landing.

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Sure, that Thomas Kinkade painting at your doctor’s office probably looks fine as is, but it could use more Stormtroopers.

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Cool is an elusive enough concept, but what does it mean to be “cool” in India? China? Estonia?

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Can babies dream? Queenie Liao wasn’t sure, but created a photo series exploring what might be going through her infant son’s head that will make a very cute baby photo album someday.

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How many of the 22 most clichéd tourist photos have you taken? I’m guilty of five.

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It’s okay: the sriracha crisis has been averted. Return to your normal hot sauce habits.

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How A Wrinkle in Time Inspired Female Scientists
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True Stories of How A Wrinkle in Time Inspired Female Scientists. The right book at the right time can change the world.

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How a Pile of Unpaid Bills Led to Washington, D.C. The new city was to be a haven from angry creditors.

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At the NBA All-Star Game, Fergie Performed "The Star Spangled Banner" as a Sultry Torch Song. The response was not so much outrage as it was laughter.

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Hawai‘i’s Last Outlaw Hippies. They've been squatting in the Kalalau Valley for 50 years, but that's coming to an end.

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The Insect That Painted Europe Red. When Conquistadors brought cochineal insects back from the Aztec empire, the color they produced made Spanish dyers rich.

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A New Model Predicts That the 'Ideal' Mammal Is 2.5 Times Bigger Than an Elephant. That model assumes adequate resources from an abundant Earth.

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New York’s Oldest Dim Sum Restaurant and the Secrets of Chinatown. Take a tour of Doyers Street, also known as Bloody Angle.

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15 of History's Greatest Mad Scientists. How being downright insane can lead to thinking outside the box.

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5 Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors
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Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors. Our genes are largely the result of travel and intermingling.

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The Top 10 National Parks You've Probably Never Heard Of. One of them may be closer to you than you thought.

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The Well-Dressed Suffragist. If you're going to protest, you'll need to buy a charming new hat.

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The Presidential Portrait That Was the “Ugliest Thing” LBJ Ever Saw. (The artist did not take that comment kindly.)

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In the game Robot Mind Meld, the object is to come up with the same word as a robot in as few steps as possible. Keep in mind that the robot is not as intuitive as you are.

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The Father Of Artistic Figure Skating. It was all about making a perfect figure 8 on the ice until Jackson Haines came along.

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Amazon's Big Gamble on Grocery Delivery. What impact could a giant competitor have on existing businesses?

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President John Tyler's Grandsons Are Still Alive. Tyler took office in 1841, and eventually had 15 children.

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