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Red vs. Blu: How Sony Won the HD DVD Format Wars

Jake Rossen

They lost the Betamax battle, but they refused to lose the war.

Woman Finds Koala Pole Dancing In Her Living Room

Andrew LaSane

Installing a pole in an Australian home may sometimes attract curious guests.

Retrobituary: Forensic Science Pioneer Frances Glessner Lee

Christine Colby

She crafted tiny, intricate dioramas known as the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.

Thursday's Amazon Deals You Can't Miss

Smart Shopping Team

As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, July 21.

17 Species Named After 'Star Wars' Characters

Miss Cellania

There are Star Wars fans everywhere, including among the scientists who study life on Earth.

Male-Killing Microbe Meddles With Butterfly Mating

Kate Horowitz

In time, two closely related populations of African Queen butterflies may become entirely different species.

Why This Social Media Startup Made All of its Salaries Public

Anna Green

A social media company called Buffer is trying to encourage transparency by making all its employees' salaries public.

Why Turtles Have Shells (It’s Not What We Thought)

Kate Horowitz

New evidence suggests that prehistoric turtle shells served a different purpose than we originally believed.

5 Bizarre Comic-Con News Stories from Years Past

Chris Chafin

Next to these headlines, even cosplay seems boring.

Scientists Discover 7 Flamboyant New Peacock Spiders

Shaunacy Ferro

The males of these Australian spiders know how to show off.

A City-Wide Bike Lane May Soon Stretch Across Berlin

Michele Debczak

It's being described as “a piece of Copenhagen in Berlin.”

A Brief History of the Heart Symbol

Caitlin Schneider

We heart the heart emblem.

7 Once Fictional Games That You Can Now Play in the Real World

Kaitlin Stainbrook

Harry Potter fans aren’t the only ones who’ve pulled a game or two from their favorite stories.

How the Margaret Herrick Library Preserves Film History

Anna Green

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’s Margaret Herrick Library in Los Angeles is a cinephile’s dream.

Watch a DeLorean Transform Into a Custom Hot Tub

Andrew LaSane

"Are you telling me that you built a hot tub ... out of a DeLorean?"