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11 Ways We Used Radiation in Everyday Life

Miss Cellania

Radiation as a medical cure has valid uses and definite dangers to the human body.

Symphony of Science: "The Case for Mars"

Chris Higgins

John Boswell has done it again -- he's created another Symphony of Science music video, this time called "The Case for Mars." The video lays out the reasons why scientists think we sho

Brain Game: Corpus Callosum

John, a college English instructor friend, introduced me to a book that recently became available in paperback: Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare by Jeremy Butterfield.

Morning Cup of Links: Dumb, Blind Luck

Miss Cellania

Financier Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years for scamming investors out of over a billion dollars.

The Late Movies: What the Dramatic Squirrel Begat

Ransom Riggs

You're probably all familiar with the dramatic squirrel, a meme that began a few years ago when someone added some over-the-top music to a clip from a Japanese game show, and created this:

And They Walked Away: The Stories of 5 Strange Injuries

Rob Lammle

Take any high school psychology course and you'll hear the story of Phineas Gage, a man whose skull was pierced by a tamping iron while working on the railroad in 1848.

Hollywood Obituaries

Kara Kovalchik

Sadly, the funeral directors to the stars have been busy the past two weeks. Here's a quick tribute to some of the celebrities we've lost recently.

The Most Terrifying Sim City of Them All

Chris Higgins

Architecture student Vincent Ocasla decided that Sim City could be a platform for intense experimentation in regimentation, control, and efficiency.

18 Social Media Icons You Need to Know

David K. Israel

Sure, you know what those Twitter, Facebook, reddit and Digg icons mean at the bottom of most blog posts these days, but what about all those other funny-looking ones?

How Do You Listen to Music?

Ransom Riggs

When was the last time you sat down in front of a stereo -- especially a real stereo, not just an iPod dock with the speakers six inches apart -- and did nothing but listen to music?

Brain Game: Math Square #28

The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid. Two of these numbers are already provided for you.

The Pigeon Posts His Fan Mail

Jason English

In last week's edition of At the Libraries, Miss Kathleen linked to the blog of beloved children's book author Mo Willems.

Morning Cup of Links: Chicken Monkey Duck

Miss Cellania

Guided by Parasites: Toxoplasma Modified Humans. The parasite that hijacks rats to get to cats also has strange effects on the human brain. NSFW text.

The Tunnel That Saved Bosnia

the mag

by Robert Isenberg In the aftermath of the Cold War, Bosnia became a red-hot battleground teetering on the edge of destruction—until one man and his family dug their countrymen to

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

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