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Tonight on NOVA: "Japan's Killer Quake"

Chris Higgins

Tonight on NOVA, an in-depth scientific examination of Japan's recent earthquake, the subsequent tsunami, and the continuing nuclear incident.

Z is for Zonk

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After some digging, we found that there are 21 "common" four-letter English words that start with the letter Z. How many of these can you name in ten minutes? A score of 7 or better is a winner!

The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops: The Phantom Menace

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click

Diagnosing the Social Media Blues

Ransom Riggs

Researchers at the American Academy of Pediatrics just identified a brand-new condition: Facebook Depression.

Brain Game: Domestic Alms

Here's (what I hope is considered) an interesting Wednesday Wordplay challenge; perhaps more difficult than some.

Morning Cup of Links: the Big Picture

Miss Cellania

The Secret Fears of the Super-Rich. Having money often undermines everything else worth having in life. * A New Company Promises to Give You a Pretend Facebook Girlfriend.

5 Questions: Everyone Knows it's "Wind"y

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The Quick 9: Non-Blonde Ambition

Stacy Conradt

Tons of singers and actresses go blonde – everyone knows that. But who knew it was almost as common to leave blonde behind for another hue? Here are nine people who did just

The Late Movies: Remembering Mitch Hedberg

Erica Palan

Six years ago today, we lost a comic genius. After a long battle with addiction, Mitch Hedberg died in the Westminister Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey.

How Did You Know? – Day 1 Level 3/Bonus Round

David K. Israel

YES! You can play this challenge/contest without knowing a thing about the weekly hunt! It's sort of a one-off - a stand-alone if you will.

neatorama presents: HDYK? – {day 1}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt! We're going Monday-Thursday this week because of the holiday week as co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I bring you the next How Did You Know?

The Number of the Day: 26%

Jason English

In a recent survey, 26% of U.S. adults said they'd read a print version of a newspaper the previous day.

The Internet Wishlist

Colin Patrick

Spend enough time immersed in the world of technology and you’re sure to develop a healthy list of “someone should create a…” ideas.

One More Odd Thing I Just Learned About Fish: Rotting Salmon Impact Forest Ecology

Matt Soniak

When I’m not blogging for mental_floss, I can usually be found wearing bright orange rubber pants and gutting, cutting and selling fish at my local Whole Foods (and winning awards for it).

Equating Angels with Transistors: Shatner at His Best

Chris Higgins

In this 1976* AT&T promotional video, William Shatner explains the miracle of microprocessors.