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25 Facts About the Science of Music

So that's why Mambo No. 5 is still stuck in your head.

Plankton Get Drunk and Do Stupid Stuff, Too

Shaunacy Ferro

A new study finds that plankton become intoxicated after eating a certain type of algae, leading them to take more risks.

11 Products Where Generic Is Just as Good as Name Brand

Presented by Allstate.

How a Tape Recorder Mishap Helped Create Johnny Cash's 'I Walk the Line'

Nick Keppler

The ghostly reason behind why the classic song sounds the way it does.

Solving the Traveling Salesman Problem

Chris Higgins

Computers are rad.

15 Fascinating Facts About ‘Forensic Files’

Jennifer M Wood

Creator/executive producer Paul Dowling shares some behind-the-scenes secrets of the iconic series, which premiered 20 years ago.

This Earthquake-Proof Building Is Anchored By a Net of Cables

Michele Debczak

Instead of building a safer structure from scratch, one architect found a creative solution.

11 Famous Birthdays to Celebrate in May

Caitlin Schneider

Have some cake this month on behalf of these historical figures, all of whom were born in May.

Watch This Trippy 1977 Apple II TV Ad

Chris Higgins

"The family can invent their own Pong games!"

The Best Amazon Deals We Could Find This Week

Smart Shopping Team

As a new recurring feature, we’re going to share some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up.

Study Confirms What We Already Knew: Living Near Water Can Reduce Stress

Kate Horowitz

You don’t need a palace by the sea to reap the benefits, either.

Dubai Is Getting a 935-Foot-High Skywalk

Kirstin Fawcett

Just in case palm tree-shaped islands and an indoor ski resort weren't enough.

'Traceroute,' A Documentary about Nerds and Annihilation

Chris Higgins

"Maybe the physically impossible promise of 'unlimited breadsticks' haunts my skeptical mind." -Johannes Grenzfurthner

What Should You Do If You Find a Lost Baby Bird?

Anna Green

In this short animated video, Slate explains what to do if you find a baby bird out of its nest.

16 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in May

Caitlin Schneider

From May Day to Memorial Day and everything in between, the month of May is full of delightful, offbeat holidays.