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The Story of Hachikō, Japan’s Famously Loyal Dog

Alvin Ward

Man's best friend—no matter what.

You Didn't Know Mushrooms Could Do All This

Chris Higgins

You can use them as food, shelter, filters, biofuel, insulation, mosquito traps....

The Library of Congress Is Digitizing Its Braille Music Collection

Michele Debczak

It's a tedious process.

8 Family-Style Facts About Buca di Beppo

Emily Becker

Grab some pasta with the pope.

Watch How USC Digitizes Human Actors

Chris Higgins

Here's one way to get a 3D scan of a person.

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This Week's Best Amazon Deals You Can Still Get

Smart Shopping Team

As a recurring feature, we share some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. These items were the ones that were the most popular with our readers this week, and they’re still available.

The Stories Behind All 50 State Quarters

Hannah Keyser

Here's how each state decided what to put on its commemorative quarter.

Simulation Shows Nearly 12,000 Years of Large Volcano Eruptions

Kirstin Fawcett

Giant explosions have occurred all over over the globe.

The Secret of Floppy Paper

Chris Higgins

Use math to amaze (and educate) your friends.

What's So Continental About a Continental Breakfast?

Matt Soniak

A stale bagel in a Midwest motel is a far cry from a flaky croissant at a Parisian cafe, but the sentiment is the same.

30 Family Secrets Hiding in English Surnames

Judith B Herman

It’s easy to guess what an ancestor of someone named Cook, Carpenter, or Smith did for a living.

Wear Your Favorite Painting on Your Clothes

Rebecca OConnell

Turn your outfit into gallery wall.

When Texas Had Embassies and Ambassadors In Europe

Alvin Ward

Everything's bigger in Texas, but their diplomatic representation overseas was rather small.

Bert & Ernie Go to the Movies

Chris Higgins

Revisit a charming segment in which Ernie can't keep his mouth shut. (Shh!)