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As German Bombs Fell on Paris, Marie Curie Decided to Go to War

Erin Blakemore

First, Marie Curie tried to donate her Nobel Prize medals. When bank officials refused to melt them down, she donated her prize money to purchase war bonds instead.

Black Sunday: The Storm That Gave Us the Dust Bowl

Erin Blakemore

The Mysterious Disappearance and Reappearance of Roger Tichborne

Stacy Conradt

In 1854, wealthy heir Roger Tichborne was presumed dead in shipwreck. In 1865, he reappeared—but was it really him? More than 100 years later, we still don't know.

Biologist Names Moth After Trump to Send Message About Conservation

Kate Horowitz

Vazrick Nazari said he hoped the move would publicize the need to “continue protecting fragile habitats in the U.S.”

The Most Rat- and Roach-Infested Cities in the U.S.

Michele Debczak

One city reported vermin in 2 out of 5 households.

Singapore Artist Knits Ramen Noodles Into Edible Creations

Kirstin Fawcett

Cynthia Delaney Suwito's work is purposely time-consuming, and makes a statement about immediate gratification.

10 Playful Facts About Neopets

Michele Debczak

Neopets introduced many kids to economics, HTML, and the challenges of pet care.

2016 Was the Hottest Year Ever Recorded

Kate Horowitz

Scientists say our role in climate change is “plain as day.”

Upgrade Your Vacation Goals With These Vintage-Style Posters for Time Travelers

Shaunacy Ferro

Take your jet-setting daydreams to the next level.

10 Fascinating Facts About The Thesaurus

Suzanne Raga

It's a logophile's favorite resource.

The Hall of Fame Hats Quiz

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We've blurred the hats on the Cooperstown plaques of 14 Hall of Famers who played for multiple teams. Do you know which team's cap each legend is wearing?

How Do "Skinny" Mirrors Work?

Stacy Conradt

All it takes is a slight curve in the glass.

CIA Publishes Nearly 13 Million Declassified Records Online

Kirstin Fawcett

The online collection is called the CIA Records Search Tool, or CREST.

Soft, Implantable Robots May Help Ailing Hearts

Jake Rossen

Researchers are developing implantable robots that could save the lives of heart failure patients.

10 Fitness Apps to Get You Moving and Motivated

Carrie Madormo

You don’t need to rely on pricey classes and personal trainers to get fit this year, all you need is your phone and a little bit of motivation.