While LA Journalists Hid Under Desks, a Robot Wrote a Story About the Earthquake

Journalism robots might not be such a bad idea. Especially when you’re trying to stay safe after an earthquake.

Hustle through America's Huckster History with a Smithsonian Curator as Your Guide

A blow by blow of the flimflams and tales of hustlers throughout history, art and literature


The Top Ten Doctor Who Stories for History Buffs

Fifty years after he was introduced to the world, the Doctor's influence is bigger on the inside


That Whole Japanese Eyeball Licking Thing Never Really Happened

Never fear. We are not next to suffer from the eyeball licking craze, because that craze never actually existed


The End of the Henrietta Lacks Saga?

The U.S. National Institutes of Health created an agreement with the Lacks family regarding access to the HeLa genome


No, Really, the Government Can Read Your Email

More than just metadata, the NSA's systems can track 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'


The Ten Most Controversial Articles on Wikipedia Might Surprise You

One researcher has quantified the most controversial Wikipedia entires of all time in ten different languages

Thomas, taking notes on Gerald Ford.

Helen Thomas, Trailblazing Female Journalist, Dies at 92

Many credit Thomas with breaking the glass ceiling for women in journalism


The Incredible Disappearing Evangelist

Aimee Semple McPherson was an American phenomenon even before she went missing for five weeks in 1926.


Women Appear on Less Than Five Percent of Sports Illustrated Covers

A recent analysis of 11 years of SI covers shows that if you take out the swimsuit issue, women appear just 4.9 percent of the time

Mary Thom, Feminist, Historian and Editor, Dies in Motorcycle Crash at 68

Mary Thom, feminist editor, writer and behind-the-scenes activist, died earlier this week in a motorcycle accident in Yonkers

Before the blows began to rain: Walter Reuther (hand in pocket) and Richard Frankensteen (to Reuther’s left).

How the Ford Motor Company Won a Battle and Lost Ground

Corporate violence against union organizers might have gone unrecorded—if it not for an enterprising news photographer


What Are You Thinking About?

One researcher recorded the fascinating inner monologues of random people walking, sitting or standing in New York City

Athletes and Movie Stars Really Do Live Harder, Die Younger

Famous athletes and other performers are more likely to die young than their famous business, political, or academic counterparts.

Grantland Rice, Gene Sarazen and Craig Wood at the 1935 Augusta National Invitational Tournament.

Agony and Ecstasy at the Masters Tournament

It would take a miracle to beat Craig Wood in 1935. Gene Sarazen provided one

Pick your tax haven, any tax haven.

Get Your Own Offshore Tax Haven, a Step-by-Step Guide

From $8 to $32 trillion dollars are buried in tax havens worldwide. Here's how it works


The Science of Internet Virality: Awe and Joy All the Way Down

Cats and babies and corgis? Or something more.


The Twisted Reasons People Poison Pets

Journalist Deborah Blum found a few culprits that cropped up again and again

Justice Robert Jackson, Lyudmila Pavlichenko and Eleanor Roosevelt in 1942.

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Soviet Sniper

Pavlichenko was a Soviet sniper credited with 309 kills—and an advocate for women's rights. On a U.S. tour in 1942, she found a friend in the first lady


Trolls Are Ruining Science Journalism

Negative comments, regardless of their merit, could sway readers' perceptions

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