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NASA's Bizarre Plan to Drag an Asteroid into Orbit

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The Puking Robot That Helps Scientists Study Infectious Noroviruses

Erin McCarthy

Wikimedia Commons Norovirus might be the perfect human pathogen.

The Missing Links: A Hotel User's Guide

Colin Patrick

The Definitive Tarantino Chronological Pop Culture Reference

A Selection of 19-Year-Old Isaac Newton's Secret Sins

Lucas Reilly

In 1662, a 19-year-old Isaac Newton started carrying a leather-bound journal, which he used to track finances and work out math problems. But he also used it to hide something secret.

A Guided Tour of Space Station Alpha

Chris Higgins

Working on the International Space Station means three things: it's crowded, you have to exercise to combat the effects of zero gravity, and your hair goes nuts.

How a Nickel and a Paperboy Brought Down a Cold War Spy

Matt Soniak

In 1957, Vilyam "Willie" Genrikhovich Fisher (aka Rudolf Ivanovich Abel) was convicted of conspiracy to “act in the United States as an agent of a foreign government without notification to

7 People Who Hated Pride and Prejudice

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Despite how beloved Pride and Prejudice is, there have been plenty of people who hated it.

Why Did "The Ukraine" Become Just "Ukraine"?

Matt Soniak

Until a few decades ago, Ukraine was almost always referred to as the Ukraine. Then people started dropping the definite article, and now you almost never see it. What gives?

Portraits That Show The Human Side of Animals

Jill Harness

Photo courtesy of TimFlach.com. These creatures may be wild, but they've never looked so relatable as they do in the series of amazing photographs by Tim Flach as seen in his new book, More Th

Brain Game: A Tricky Year

Please enjoy today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge, and good luck: The year 2013 is a special one, since the total of the first three digits equals the fourth: 2+0+1 = 3.

Morning Cup of Links: Future Entertainment

Miss Cellania

The NFL’s No Good, Very Bad Season. There was more drama than football, and the league needs to return to entertaining its fans with sports. * Why telecommuting may destroy your work/life balance.

The Late Movies: Best Timelapses of 2012

Chris Higgins

On December 31, 2012, timelapse.org chose its top timelapse videos of the year.

7 Television Shows Saved by Their Fans

Jill Harness

Never doubt the power of a devoted audience: Time and again, adoring fan bases have brought television shows back from the brink of cancellation—or actual cancellation.

Blood Found in a Dried Squash Belongs to Louis XVI

Erin McCarthy

Image courtesy of The History Blog. The dried, hollowed out squash is ornately decorated, emblazoned with the portraits of French revolutionary heroes and intriguing passages of text: “On January 2