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WWI Centennial: Romania Joins Allies, Fall Of Falkenhayn

Erik Sass

Erik Sass is covering the events of the war exactly 100 years after they happened. This is the 248th installment in the series.

50 Spanish-English False Friend Words

Judith B Herman

Sometimes words with the same origin take a separate path in each language, or words with different origins resemble each other by coincidence. That can mean trouble.

Amtrak Will Introduce New High-Speed Trains in 2021

Anna Green

In a few short years, travelers will be able to zip along the Northeast Corridor in a brand new fleet of high-speed Amtrak trains.

Some Catfish Are Eating A Large Amount of Mice, Study Finds

Anna Green

Lesser salmon catfish love gobbling up mice, just like cats.

Elephant Footprints Are Swimming Pools For Invertebrates

Anna Green

Every time an African elephant takes a step, it inadvertently creates a home for other animals.

12 Thrilling Facts About ‘Rear Window’

Kristin Hunt

Alfred Hitchcock taught us all the dangers of spying on your neighbors with this 1954 thriller.

Greek Statues Were Once Covered in Colorful Paint

Kirstin Fawcett

Ancient art was a lot more radiant than you might think.

A Computer Can Replicate Individual Handwriting With Impressive Accuracy

Shaunacy Ferro

London-based computer scientists have created an algorithm that can mimic the handwriting of Arthur Conan Doyle, Frida Kahlo, or you and me.

Paid Sick Days Lower the General Flu Rate

Kirstin Fawcett

Unfortunately, many workers aren't able to take a sick day.

Gene Wilder on Wonka, Acting, and His Mother

Chris Higgins

"We have so much time and so little to see. Wait a minute! Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you." -Willy Wonka

iPads May Be Better Than Sedatives for Kids About to Undergo Surgery

Kate Horowitz

Your kid's screen affinity may be a good thing.

9 Feathery Facts About Peacocks

Jessica Hullinger

For the First Time, Ancient Egyptian Texts Available in Rare English Translations

Shaunacy Ferro

Get an unprecedented glimpse into daily life in ancient Egypt.

Why Don't Ants Gain Fat?

Quora

If an ant has extra calories, she will share them with her nestmates.

315 Years of the American Slave Trade in 2 Minutes

Shaunacy Ferro

Slate's animated history of the slave ships that crossed the Atlantic with human cargo illuminates the trade's impact on both North and South America.

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