Brain Game: Out on the Water

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert BOAT into LAKE in the fewest steps possible.

Morning Cup of Links: Chewbacca's Ancestors

Miss Cellania

The 80 million people of the Baby Boom generation are both blamed and credited for the way America is today.

The Number of the Day: 1,000,000

Andréa Fernandes

Sea otters have up to 1,000,000 hairs per square inch of skin. Related Link: For the next week, we'll be pulling Numbers of the Day from the beautiful and fascinating National Geographic Answe

The Late Movies: Reggie Watts, the Beat-boxing, Singing, Dancing Comedian

Chris Higgins

Reggie Watts is an entertainer with something for everyone, but what's weird is that he's awesome at everything he does.

The Quick 10: 10 Failed Assassination Attempts

Stacy Conradt

Today happens to be the anniversary of the day Sara Jane Moore tried to take President Ford out in 1975, so we're revisiting an old post on assassinations.

Seasons Affect MS Symptoms

Meghan Holohan

At the age of 45, Anne Rowling died from complications of multiple sclerosis (MS). Her daughter, J.K.

At the Libraries: The Most Expensive Book

Miss Kathleen

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a

Pig Parts are in Bullets, Artificial Hearts, and Cigarettes

Chris Higgins

Christien Meindertsma followed an individual pig through its life and death, to see where all the parts of the pig ended up.

Dietribes: Raspberries

Allison Keene

• First thing's first: a raspberry is a bramble, or any plant belonging to the fierce-sounding genus Rubus. Raspberries are cousins with other bramble fruits, including blackberries.

History of the U.S.: Ladies Love George Washington

Stacy Conradt

Washington wasn’t always the old, white-haired patriarchal Founding Father we know and love. At six feet three inches, the young Washington had the ladies of pre-Revolutionary Virginia swooning.

7 Little-Known Muppets

David K. Israel

Sure, you know the Swedish Chef, Kermit, Miss Piggy and Beaker. Who doesn’t? But what about some of the more obscure Muppets?

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

the mag

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.

Brain Game: Five-by-Five #3

Five-by-Five puzzles aren't difficult, they're just an exercise for the noggin. Enjoy! Place the following words into a 5 × 5 grid so that they link together.

Scientists Who Can Sing

Ransom Riggs

Well, not really -- they've been autotuned by a talented Youtuber called Melodysheep, who's made a number of great, toe-tapping videos that make you think, like this one, in which a number o

Morning Cup of Links: The Talking Tree

Miss Cellania

Families in Afghanistan who don't have a son will sometimes dress a daughter up as a boy.