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7 Things Historical Women Wore Under Their Skirts

Therese Oneill

A brief history!

How Perfecting Bug Spray Could Save Millions of Lives

Liana Aghajanian

Neurobiologist Leslie B. Vosshall has a different solution for stopping the insects and the spread of disease.

What Causes “Old Person Smell”?

Matt Soniak

Reader Sarah writes in to ask, “What is it that causes that distinctive 'old person' smell? Whatever it is, it seems to be common to all elderly people.

16 Words That Are Much Older Than They Seem

Arika Okrent

Every generation likes to think it invented slang anew, but often the latest words are actually very old.

62 of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries

Jill Harness

For the last couple years, Jill Harness has been rounding up the world's most beautiful libraries by continent. Here they are all in one place, in no particular order.

The Late Movies: A Soundtrack for Prince William and Kate Middleton

Erica Palan

4 Stories of Everyday Royals

the mag

While the masses coo at Kate’s dresses and wink at Harry’s antics, there’s a world of colorful royalty that never makes the tabloids.

The Missing Links: The Hand That Moves the Muppet

Colin Patrick

The Terrible Weather on 6 Exoplanets

Erik Sofge

Of the more than 900 exoplanets discovered to date—planets outside our solar system—none, not a single one, appears to be a nice place to visit or live.

The Australian Town That Invented A Language

Erik van Rheenen

Light Warlpiri only has 350 native speakers, and none of them are older than 35 years old.

Why Do Cucumber Coils Change Direction?

Chris Higgins

21 Predictions for 1993 from 1893

Lucas Reilly

They range from the grossly wrong to the freakishly prophetic.

A Photobombed Proposal: the Meteoric Rise of InTheWay Guy

Miss Cellania

How to Escape from Quicksand

Despite what every corny '70s adventure flick may have led you to believe, you’re unlikely to run into quicksand in your day-to-day life.

9 Photos of Comic-Con Cosplayers Eating

Jill Harness

You don't usually see the heroes of comic books, TV shows and video games going to the bathroom, eating, or sleeping.