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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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The Last Solar Eclipse
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The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

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Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

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Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

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This Infant's Size Confirms a Concern Doctors Have Had for Years: Large babies as well as small babies can be an indication of problems ahead.

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18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

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The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

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Technology Could Make Us Immortal. (But there will be consequences.)

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6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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