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January 15th, 2008

Miss Cellania

Growing a new beating heart from stem cells.

Lewis Lavoie and his Amazing Mosaics

Mangesh Hattikudur

The always inspiring Neatorama linked to this great piece by mural artist Lewis Lavoie.

Weight issues


Last November, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling negotiated himself an eight-digit one-year contract...with a built-in "fat clause" that would give him $2 million in "weight incentives.&qu

America's Nastiest Toxic Waste Dumps (And Whether Or Not You Live Near One)

Chris Weber

Superfund is both an actual fund and a shorthand term for the list of America's nastiest toxic waste sites. One in two Americans lives within ten miles of a Superfund site.

Viva la Rambolution: 'Rambo' Ad Comes Full-Circle

Ransom Riggs

Some of you might be aware that there's a new Rambo flick coming out this month (in the new tradition of Sylvester Stallone reviving his old franchises, a la Rocky Balboa).

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, XXIII

Jason English

In case you missed our first twenty-two volumes or the greatest hits edition, let me explain. Every Monday, we head into the archives of The New York Times to find first mentions worth mentioning.

Required Viewing: People in Order

Chris Higgins

This week brings us a new occasional feature: Required Viewing. We'll highlight videos -- viral and otherwise -- that are particularly flossy.

mental_floss on NPR

Jason English

Our own Will Pearson was a guest on All Things Considered yesterday. Andrea Seabrook had him on to talk about our most recent book, In The Beginning.

Macworld Speculations

Miss Cellania

The Macworld Conference begins today in San Francisco, and the Macworld Expo opens tomorrow morning with Steve Jobs' keynote speech, where he customarily talks about everything Apple has done ove

Invisible Stat Counters Are Watching You: 4 Things You Need to Know

David K. Israel

If you don't have your own Web site, (or quite possibly even if you do), you probably don't know that most of them have invisible statistical counters programmed into the code.

January 14th, 2008

Miss Cellania

The Moral Instinct. Science is struggling to clarify what morality is and how it should steer our actions. Just like philosophy has always tried to do. * The most dangerous game reserve on earth.

And Now A Word About Our Sponsor

Jason English

If you're a regular visitor, you may have noticed this advertisement for Ithaca's 'Light in Winter'

Weekend Genius Challenge #15: Ladder Games

Our Weekend Genius Challenges sometimes test your intellect, sometimes your creativity, and sometimes your mental ability.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

Anyone who's ever picked up a bottle (or three) of "Two Buck Chuck" might appreciate this article on Fred Franzia, "The Scourge of Napa Vally." Not to be confused with Franzi

Fifth Caption Contest Finalists!

David K. Israel

[We're still accepting votes!] Thanks to all who entered our 5th Caption Contest. Now the fun really begins: it's up to YOU to pick the winner.