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The Centaur that Killed the Common Cold

Brett Savage

A promising series of tests of a new antiviral drug has researchers so jazzed up about its potential success that they're throwing around wild mythology-inspired comparisons to herald its ingenio

Puzzle-Master Will Shortz on Table Tennis

Chris Higgins

I've been hearing Will Shortz on NPR for years, doing the Sunday puzzle.


David K. Israel

In my ongoing attempt to keep you up-to-date with the coolest Web sites going live each month, today I'm writing about

The Food Pyramid's Circular Ancestor

Ethan Trex

The United States Department of Agriculture's food guide pyramid and its successor, MyPyramid, have been helping Americans make healthy, balanced dietary decisions since 1992.

By the Light of the Moon: Abraham Lincoln's Adventure in Forensic Meteorology (Part 1)

Matt Soniak

This week we're running a special series by Matt Soniak about Abraham Lincoln's foray into forensic meteorology. Check back each day for a new installment! August 29, 1857.

The mental_floss Trivia Show in Columbus, OH this Thursday Night!

Mangesh & Jason

Calling all Columbus, OH Flossers! This Thursday night just got more fun.

Conversation: A Film by the Makers of "People in Order"

Chris Higgins

If you liked yesterday's People in Order post, you'll dig this 11-minute documentary by Lenka Clayton and James Price.

Pyrophonia: Music on Fire

Miss Cellania

"Flaming" and "on fire" are words used all the time for musicians who are "burning it up," or playing with talent and fervor.

Type Cast: The Japanese Fascination with Blood Types

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”).

Brain Game: By-Line

The Brain Game continues today with Tuesday Test Time. Good luck! Each of the following seven words can be modified in the same way to create a series of common three-word phrases.

Morning Cup of Links: Underground Moon

Miss Cellania

Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward did a cost/benefit analysis of a fictional project for the Pentagon’s in-house publication Defense AT&L Magazine.

The Late Movies: Happy Birthday!

Andréa Fernandes

Today I'm celebrating my 25th birthday. Although a Neil Diamond concert sent my mom into labor with me, I don't possess much musical talent.

Symphony of Science: The Quantum World!

Chris Higgins

Featuring Morgan Freeman, Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Brian Cox, Richard Feynman, and Frank Close, the latest installment of the Symphony of Science is educational and fun -- it's about quantum

Haiku Trivia Contest Winners!

Andréa Fernandes

On September 2nd, we asked for readers to tell us amazing facts, in haiku form. After sifting through some 200+ haiku, we've narrowed it down to one winner and two runners-up.

Words used incorrectly: Alas

David K. Israel

It never ceases to amaze me how many people (smart people, mind you) don’t know the meaning of the word alas.