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The First Brain Scans of People High on LSD Reveal Some Predictable Things

Noted LSD enthusiast Timothy Leary in 1969. (Photo: Dr. Dennis Bogdan/CC BY-SA 3.0)LSD is a drug which has been enjoyed for decades in the United States of America, generally by bored teenagers,...

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Victorians Wanted to Contact Aliens Using Giant Mirrors

Tesla in his lab. (Photo: Wellcome Images/CC BY 4.0)In 1899, while Nicola Tesla was working in his lab in Colorado Springs, he started registering strange electric disturbances on one of his sensors....

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A Billionaire's Plan to Send Robots Powered by Lasers to Alpha Centauri

Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking at a press conference to announce the plan on Tuesday. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Breakthrough Prize Foundation)Here's something amazing. While you were busy today patting...

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Secret Harvard Club Breaks Centuries of Silence to Oddly Defend Male-Only Policy

The front door of the club's clubhouse, known as the Old Barn. (Photo: Tim Pierce/CC BY 3.0)Let's stipulate that Charles Storey, the board president of Harvard University's secretive and highly...

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An Afternoon With MIT's Most Important Invention

Two graduate students burned by Foodcam. (Photo: Atlas Obscura)The MIT Media Lab is a much-vaunted, glass-walled bastion of technological progress. At any given moment, the luminaries inside might be...

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On the Scene: In the Underwater Shadow of a Giant Manta Ray

(Photo: Anuar Patjane Floriuk) In the Pacific Ocean, approximately 500 miles from the west coast of Mexico, lies the Revillagigedo Archipelago. It’s a collection of largely uninhabited volcanic...

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The Historical Reenactor Accuracy Wars

A re-enactment in action in Virginia. (Photo: Donnie Nunley/CC BY 2.0)When you load up the car for a camping weekend set in the 1800s, the gear is a little different: Canvas tent. Wool bedroll. Hobnail...

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Found: A Gruesome Painting That May Be an Authentic Caravaggio

Un tableau du #Caravage a-t-il été découvert dans un grenier en France ? https://t.co/DclqfdnXWu par @emma_jardonnetpic.twitter.com/B1STnIS5Ny— Le Monde (@lemondefr) April 12, 2016In the attic of an...

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Watch Thousands of Tiny Crabs Stampede Across the Sea Floor

Crab stampede! Run! (Photo: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute)Counting up octopi and tailing sea turtles is all in a day's work for ocean biologists. But last year, biodiversity researchers off the...

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Inside the Spark-Filled Home of a Vintage Electric Machine Collector

Some of Tim Mullen's many curious items. (All photos: Ella Morton)In his one-bedroom apartment four floors above a Manhattan Chipotle, Tim Mullen is trying to get his television to work. It takes a...

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How I (Sort of) Became a Pinball Wizard After Getting Tips From a Champion

What does it take to become a pinball master? (All photos by Eric Grundhauser)Pinball has been around since the 1930s, mixing bright lights, loud sounds, and a high level of dexterity to create one of...

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Ancient Humans Turned Monogamous Because They Were Getting So Many STIs

(Photo: Jenn Peters/CC BY 2.0)There came a time in your average ancient man's life when he fell in love with a woman, and then he fell in love with another woman, and then he fell in love with another...

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Found, With a Robot: A Loch Ness Monster

A Loch Ness monster. (Photo: Visit Scotland)Almost 600 feet deep, in the bottom of Loch Ness, a robot named Munin has found the remains of a large object with a very long neck.It’s the Loch Ness...

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Fantasmagorie: The 'Bob’s Burgers' of 1908

Animated characters have been entertaining us since way back in 1908, when the world's very first animated cartoon was put out into the world. This is that film, Fantasmagorie, a French animation by...

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A Junket to The Most 'Interesting' Town on Earth

The desert outside Coober Pedy has served as the set for Mad Max III, Red Planet, and other otherworldly movies. (Photo: Jessanne Collins)The operative word, when it comes to the Australian outpost of...

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The Most Famous Orchard in Tajikistan

A view from Tajikistan's Rasht Valley. (Photo: Tim Brown)This story originally appeared in Roads & Kingdoms. Find more food and travel storytelling at Roads & Kingdoms.Mirzasho Akobirov is...

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World's Largest Coal Company Files for Bankruptcy

(Photo: Alexander G/CC BY-SA 2.0)The world's largest private-sector coal company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday, thanks in large part to an expansion into Australia that left the company...

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On the Scene: The Japanese City Where the Deer Roam Free

(Photo: Yoko Ishii)The city of Nara, Japan, is notable for several reasons. It was the country's capital from 710 to 784. It has the abandoned Nara Dreamland amusement park. And the city is also home...

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Interviewing the President of the Sovereign Nation Inside Nevada

His Excellency, President Kevin Baugh, of the Republic of Molossia. (All Photos: Courtesy the Republic of Molossia)One of the world’s smallest nations is also one of its most remarkable. Like most...

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Found: The Lost Grave of One of Mexico's First Catholic Priests

The tombstone. (Photo: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia)Miguel de Palomares was one of the first Catholic priests to come to Mexico, back in the beginning of the 16th century. Within three...

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