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A Pine Cone-Inspired Wall Opens and Closes With Water

Shaunacy Ferro

The building covering could close when it rains, and open back up when the sun comes out.

A Tuxedo Shirt Designed By and For Musicians

Sonia Weiser

A violinist designed a special tuxedo shirt to accommodate musicians' wide range of motion.

The New Meaning of 'Cheeky' That's Got Americans Confused

Gretchen McCulloch

How is language evolving on the internet? In this series on internet linguistics, Gretchen McCulloch breaks down the latest innovations in online communication.

Sleep in a Transparent Capsule High Above Peru's Sacred Valley

Rebecca OConnell

This sleeping arrangement is not for the faint of heart.

The Solar System As A Virtual Music Box

Hannah Keyser

This virtual music box produces sounds based on the varying orbital speeds of different planets.

The Most Interesting Comics of the Week

Rich Barrett

Squid Beaks Could Hold The Key to Better Joint Implants

Hannah Keyser

16 Classy Facts About 'Anchorman'

Roger Cormier

This list will put you in a glass case of emotion. In a good way.

Plastic Robots Can Perform Surgery in an MRI

Shaunacy Ferro

Robotic assistants could react to real-time scans of the patient’s body.

In 5 Days, We'll See Pluto Up Close for the First Time in History

Jen Pinkowski

On July 14, the New Horizons probe will be closer to Pluto than New York City is to Hong Kong.

The Time Nikola Tesla Paid for His Hotel Room With a "Death Ray"

Stacy Conradt

When a bill came due, Tesla got creative.

5 Social Media Disasters From the Halls of Government

Mike Schlossberg

9 Flowcharts for Maximum Non-Productivity

Miss Cellania

Another round of humorous and/or useful flowcharts from around the web.

The Missing Links: 'Back to the Future' Comes to Comic Books

Colin Patrick

Inside the Walls of New York’s Tenement Museum

Caitlin Schneider

From 1863 to 1935, the building that is now New York's Tenement Museum housed some 7,000 residents—and they left some pretty interesting things in the walls and floors.

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