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How Handwriting Analysis Works

One of the fields of forensic investigation, handwriting analysis is based on the principle of...

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Did Archimedes build a death ray?

During the siege of Syracuse in 214 BCE, the city-state's resident genius, Archimedes, built a...

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Can NASA predict natural disasters?

The US has developed some great equipment for peering into deep space that can also be used to...

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How Crack Works

Back in the mid-1980s a new and extremely potent drug hit the scene: crack cocaine. In short...

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How Dying Works

Chuck and Josh have covered just about every aspect of death except dying itself. Here, they...

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Can you die of a broken heart?

In the early 1990s, Japanese researchers found a strange anomaly in their study subjects, five...

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History's Greatest Traitors

The annals of history hold a special place for people who have carried out treachery and betrayed...

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How Horseshoes Work

That laziest of backyard games, horseshoes, is also a very ancient one, developed by people...

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How Maps Work

Yes, your brain may have just flash-dried from boredom at the thought of learning about maps, but...

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How Police Chases Work

Entire TV shows are dedicated to them and Americans love to watch a live one, but police chases...

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Gesundheit! How Allergies Work

About 30-40 percent of humans suffer from some sort of allergy. The big joke, though, is that...

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How Apartheid Worked

After WWII, the government of South Africa turned inward to focus its attention on domination of...

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What would happen if the world stopped spinning?

Over 400 million years, the day has grown two hours longer thanks to Earth's slowing axial...

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Myths About the Brain

As is usual for SYSK, Josh and Chuck go over some, but not all, of the entries in this list of...

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How Condoms Work

The earliest depiction of a condom is found in a 15,000-year-old cave painting. Ever since humans...

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Will we reach peak oil?

A 2012 report showed that the U.S. may be energy-independent in just a few years, but not too...

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How close are we to holographic environments?

Star Trek was famous for its holodeck, a completely immersive holographic environment that could...

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What will happen when we reach the Singularity?

Futurists have unnervingly predicted an impending moment in human history: the Singularity, when...

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Yakuza: From Samurai to Slot Machines

The Yakuza trace their lineage back to the 18th century samurai, left masterless following...

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Exoskeletons: How’s it coming?

Since the 1960s, the Pentagon has called for a suit that can make a soldier jump higher, run...

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