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These Rats Were Made for Walking

Mangesh Hattikudur

According to CNN, the folks at Johns Hopkins University, led by neurologist Douglas Kerr, now have proof that stem cells can help paralyzed rats walk again.

Malcolm Gladwell Slams the NY Times

Will Pearson

Gladwell really ripped on The New York Times for their story on pharmaceutical prices, with the headline "Drug Prices Up Sharply." The Times story covered the 3.9% increase in prescription

Pittsburghese

David K. Israel

The 77th Major League Baseball All-Star Game is quickly approaching.

It ain't exactly Pollack, but...

Mary

Over at Collision Detection, Clive Thompson has stumbled on another interesting internet art project: MillionArtists is fundraising project with an interesting way of gathering donations: Everyone wh

The CrackBerry

David K. Israel

I'm not sure how many of you have a BlackBerry or any one of a number of new PDAs that have hit the market recently, but take it from me, an avid Treo user, getting your email fix anywhere, anyti

Speech! Speech!

Mary

I've always liked reading other people's college-graduation addresses, maybe because I didn't get to hear the one directed at me -- the geniuses at Duke set up the stadium's acoust

The Most Fun I've Had Since MS Paint Came Out!

Mangesh Hattikudur

While my use of Spirographs and Paint-by-Numbers kits have certainly hinted at my artistic genius over the years, I never realized I was so talented until I began playing with the online Jackson Pollo

The Rankings are In: America's 100 Sweatiest Cities

Will Pearson

 

Off'n'Bach

David K. Israel

Speaking of Stephen Sondheim, on this day in 1819, Jacques Offenbach, who most consider the "inventor" of the operetta, was born in Cologne.

Presbyterians!

John

The Presbyterian Church, USA, has just decided that churches will be allowed to refer to the Holy Trinity as "Rock, Redeemer, and Friend" or "Mother, Child, and Womb" or any other

Measles and mumps and rubella, oh my!

Mary

First the Midwest mumps outbreak, now this: Several people here in Boston have come down with the measles and/or rubella, apparently including a member of the Christian Science Church, which is well k

A palm-reading will cost you extra

Mary

Here at mental_floss, we make a point of telling you about things that happened in the past (executions of royal mistresses, origins of nursery rhymes, and so on). It's a little-known fact that

When the byline is more interesting than the article

Mary

I'm not going to pretend this post contains any deep truths or world-changing ideas or heck, any actual information, but -- lately I've been noticing a wee mini-trend of ridiculously named

Jimmy Crack Corn

David K. Israel

With all the interest in ethanol these days, it got me wondering if there were other ways to produce it, without using corn, a crop highly subsidized by our tax dollars. Turns out, there are many:

Students Cheating Methods so Extreme They Cause Bleeding?

Will Pearson

With 9.5 million students fighting for only 2.6 million spots in Chinese universities, some students are going to extreme measures to score higher on admissions tests. One student "used earpho

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