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Who is "The Leader?"

Cults are conventionally understood to be unestablished, non-mainstream religious groups that...

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How Fossils Work

A fossil is a piece of once-living organic material that has undergone a transition from an...

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Were U.S. citizens in Japanese internment camps?

During World War II, the U.S. interned more than 100,000 Japanese and Japanese-American citizens....

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What is stagflation?

When high inflation, slow growth and high employment combine, they result in an unfortunate...

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How Tickling Works

What's the deal with tickling? Why does it make people laugh, and what's the science behind the...

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How Crime Scene Photography Works

Crime scene photography is a crucial aspect of forensic investigation, but it's by no means a new...

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How Blood Pattern Analysis Works

Numerous television shows feature blood pattern analysis -- but how do these fictional portrayals...

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How the Black Death Worked

The Black Death was gruesome: Symptoms included tumors, purple splotches, fevers and vomiting....

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How Bartering Works

Bartering is an ancient practice. With the emergence of money-based transactions, it's no wonder...

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Scooby Dooby Doo, Where Are You?

For decades, Scooby Doo has captivated children across the world. It's been translated to...

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How Munchausen Syndrome Works

Why would someone fake an illness? Here's an even better question: Why would someone repeatedly...

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How to Control a Riot

It's no secret that people in crowds will behave differently than they would if they were alone....

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What has the world's deadliest venom?

Venom isn't unique to snakes -- animals like scorpions, spiders, jellyfish and even platypuses...

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Can oceans power the world?

Oceans cover more than 70 percent of Earth's surface. But could the kinetic power of the tides or...

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How the Mafia Works

Many people are familiar with depictions of the Mafia in film, but what's the real story? Join...

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Does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice rooted in the precepts of Taoism, and for thousands of...

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Little, Fluffy Clouds

Today every schoolkid learns a fair share of facts about clouds and the water cycle, but this...

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How Antiques Work

At what point does something become an antique? Could that old piece of furniture in the attic be...

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Should you not eat gluten?

Since gluten is found in rye, wheat and barley grains, it's a near-ubiquitous part of many diets....

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How Volcanoes Work

Volcanic eruptions are destructive and often newsworthy events, but why do they occur? What are...

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