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Hitting the Road: The 3 Men Behind Combustion Engines

Kristen Hall-Geisler

There are three fathers of invention when it comes to nearly every car on the road today: Otto, Diesel, and Atkinson.

The Senate’s Sweetest Secret

Roma Panganiban

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Coming Up Tort: 8 Crazy Pop Culture Lawsuits

Amanda Green

Swimming pools, fancy cars, and a lawyer on speed dial — they're all the trappings of fame. Sometimes when notable people fight the law, we all win.

Why Do Cicadas Spend So Much Time Underground?

Matt Soniak

In 1996, the cicadas of Brood II (the “East Coast Brood”) swarmed the northeastern United States and then disappeared almost as quickly as they came, leaving only their eggs and molted exoskeletons be

22 Games of Chess in Fantasy and Science Fiction

David W Brown

The game of kings is a mainstay of science fiction and fantasy. Sometimes it’s on screen or on the page, and sometimes it's an influencing factor. Here are 22 famous examples.

Let Yourself Go: Classic Dance Routines

Chris Higgins

Weekend Links: The World's Coolest Libraries

Roma Panganiban

Blowing Bubblegum Bubbles in Slo-Mo

Chris Higgins

Weekend Links: Happy Birthday, Spider-Man

The Late Movies: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Hits

Erica Palan

22 Formal and Fantastic Geeky Cufflinks

Jill Harness

If you want people to be able to tell exactly what kind of geek you are from your first handshake, these great cufflinks are a perfect way to literally wear your geek on your sleeve.

22 Things We Learned from AMNH's Whales: Giants of the Deep Exhibition

Erin McCarthy

Today, New York City's American Museum of Natural History opens up its newest exhibition, Whales: Giants of the Deep.

22 Space Agencies that Aren't NASA

David W Brown

Not all of humanity’s eggs are in one lunar module. Here are 22 space agencies that aren’t NASA.

Incredible Infographics for Beatles Enthusiasts

Erin McCarthy

Fifty years ago today, the Beatles released their first LP, “Please Please Me”—and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Life and Times of Hetty the Hoarder, the Witch of Wall Street

Therese Oneill

There was an old woman often seen plodding up and down Wall Street at the turn of the 20th century. She walked alone. Her black, faded dress was dirty and ragged at the seams.