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Going abroad needn’t mean going flabby—determined globe-trotters can find pull-up bars and other outdoor gymnastics equipment in some of the most unexpected places.
July 03, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
The hot dog eating contest is Nathan's claim to fame now, but in 1916, vacationers to the New York City landmark needed something more appealing to convince them to eat a cut-rate frankfurter
July 03, 2012 | By Peter Smith
Michael Pupa's story, from orphan of Nazi Europe to American citizen, is a testament to the freedoms America offers
July 03, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Think you know all of the cool sights on the Mall? We bet you'll find these insider tips from the Institution helpful this tourist season.
June 29, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
The salty Baltic herring ferment inside a sealed can thanks to salt-loving, anaerobic bacteria that produce distinctive organic acids found in sweat and rotting butter
June 29, 2012 | By Peter Smith
Should you raise a sugar-free baby? One mother makes a case for this radical move.
June 28, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
A cork tree stripped of its bark will be harvested again in nine years—if people are still using cork by then
June 28, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
The Damariscotta River was an epicenter of oyster shucking between 2,200 and 1,000 years ago
June 28, 2012 | By Peter Smith
In the latest chapter of the series, we look at how bathing suits came to be an integral part of the Miss America competition
June 28, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
A new Harvard study challenges the traditional understanding of calories, postulating that it’s all about quality and not quantity. For those looking to lose weight, the source of those calories is more influential than the sheer number. ABC News reports on the results: The kind of calories the body gets may affect how efficiently people [...]
June 27, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
The co-founder of Microsoft worried that, in the information age, people would prefer synthesized reality.
June 27, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Single-serving coffee pods are the most recent form of instant coffee. Its history is much shorter than the espresso shot, though in its own way, just as inventive
June 27, 2012 | By Jimmy Stamp
In this part of Europe, a glass of rioja is nice, but nothing beats apple cider, a way of life
June 27, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Who knew that there existed a time when some of our staples of modern eating habits — the use of forks, the existence of lunch, and, unfortunately, the ubiquitous super-sized drinks found at every fast food chain around the U.S — did not exist. Forks are taken for granted in modern western eating, yet relatively [...]
June 27, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
As the planet bids goodbye to Lonesome George, the last of a subspecies of Galapagos tortoises, the world welcomes a new conservation-hope poster child. After a 15-month pregnancy, Ratu, a captive endangered Sumatran rhino, gave birth to a healthy male calf late Sunday night in Sumatra, Indonesia. Fewer than 275 of the critically endangered animals [...]
June 26, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
This week, learn about past Olympians, get funky with George Clinton and other music legends, and kick off this summer's Folklife Festival.
June 26, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
Not sure about you, but I wouldn’t want to live in a world where genetically engineered replicant robots prowled the dank, steel-and-microchip urban jungles a la Blade Runner. Likewise for the Minority Report future in which creepy pale kids call people out for murders they had not yet committed. It’s been 30 years since Blade Runner [...]
June 22, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Coffee is one of Vienna's legacies, but how will the city hold onto its past while adapting to the changing culture? New furniture may be the answer
June 21, 2012 | By Jimmy Stamp
This weekend, celebrate the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, watch some Hollywood classic films and take the kids to the zoo.
June 21, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
About a dozen Spanish streams support native runs of Atlantic salmon, but anglers are deeply divided about how to fish for them
June 21, 2012 | By Alastair Bland