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How do I start my own country?

Whether through revolution, colonization or other means, every country has its start somewhere....

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What is terror management theory?

Terror management theory isn't about mid-level bureaucrats in Al-Qaeda -- so what exactly is it,...

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What is parallel evolution?

In the process of parallel evolution, two seemingly unrelated species living in isolation can...

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Can the sun kill you?

Could the sun, typically known for providing light and warmth, kill us? The Apollo 17 mission...

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How Con Artists Work

They say you can’t con an honest man, and that’s key to thwarting cons; if it sounds too good to...

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What is mountaintop removal mining?

Mountaintop removal mining is (to say the least) a controversial practice. But what exactly is...

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A Podcast to Remember

How does memory work? How is internet access changing the function of the human brain? In this...

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How Parkour Works

The art of parkour is an astonishing combination of agility and physical strength pursued across...

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How Rollercoasters Work, Minus the Fun

Whether you're a rollercoaster fan or avoid them like the plague, there's no denying that these...

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Do you stay conscious after being decapitated?

Historically speaking, decapitation was a popular means of execution -- it's been used by...

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How Wills Work

Whether it's oral, scrawled in blood or signed on a deathbed everyone should have a will. But how...

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How Exploitation Films Work

During the 1930s-80s, the work of directors operating in the shadows of Hollywood led to...

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How Molecular Gastronomy Works

After botching a particularly tricky dish, molecular chemist Herve This decided to figure out why...

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Does oil speculation increase gas prices?

In an uncertain economy, investors often flock to commodities like oil, trading oil futures in a...

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Sherpas: Warm, Friendly Living

Pop quiz: What word denotes a nation of people, a last name and an occupation? If you guessed...

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SYSK Live from SXSW: How UFOs Work

In this episode, Josh and Chuck ditch the studio and head west -- south by southwest, in fact --...

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How Igloos Work

Igloos were traditionally used by Inuit Indians as temporary shelter while on hunting and fishing...

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That Dang-old Goat Fell Over

Due to a condition known as Thomsen's disease, the muscles of fainting goats tense up whenever...

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How a Nuclear Meltdown Works

The recent disaster in Japan has caused massive damage and killed thousands -- but that's not...

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Why's that dude in that dumpster?

Freegans prefer scavenging, volunteering and squatting to the more mainstream consumer practices...

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