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How Anti-matter Spacecraft Will Work

There may be a Bizarro World in our universe. Every particle has a mirror image with a reverse...

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10  Scientists Who Were Their Own Guinea Pigs

Over the centuries, some scientists have concluded that the best test subject is looking at them...

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Cryonics: Hi, Frozen Body!

In 1964 The Prospect of Immortality laid out a plan for placing humans in suspended animation....

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How Schizophrenia Works

Up to 24 million people worldwide have schizophrenia. Despite the vast amounts of research, the...

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How SPAM Works

SPAM is a canned meat product made from pork shoulder and ham. First introduced in 1937, this...

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How Wildfires Work

Wildfires consume an annual average of 5 million acres in the US. But what causes wildfires? How...

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Does smiling make you happy?

You smile because you’re happy, yet happiness research suggests the opposite can also hold true....

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Stuff You Should Know July 4th Extravaganza, Part 2

What makes America unique? In the second segment of this special two-part episode, Josh and Chuck...

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Stuff You Should Know July 4th Extravaganza, Part 1: Mom

What makes America unique? In the first segment of this special two-part episode, Josh and Chuck...

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How Hate Works

Hate is generally defined as an extreme hostility to something or someone, usually stemming from...

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How Asteroid Mining Could Work

There may be trillions of dollars' worth of resources in asteroids, and some scientists believe...

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How Curiosity Works

Alternately hailed a crucial part of the human condition or accused of killing cats, curiosity...

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How Military Snipers Work

Military snipers always work in pairs, and they're called force multipliers because of the...

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How Fear Works

Fear results from your brain's reaction to a stressful stimulus, and -- though it may be...

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How Immigration Works

Immigration systems regulate the flow of foreign immigrants into any given country. But why is...

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Jealous much?

All of us have experienced the feeling of jealousy at some point or another. But why do we get...

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Can you treat mental illness with psychedelics?

Hallucinogenic drugs are currently illegal, but they were once commonly used in psychological...

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Why would anyone want multiple spouses?

Polygamy, the practice of having multiple spouses, is mostly illegal in the United States but...

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Is tone deafness hereditary?

If you're tone deaf, you can't hear the difference between musical pitches and notes. And it's...

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Hypnosis: You're Getting Sleepy

The modern conception of hypnosis came into vogue in the late 18th century, and it's been the...

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