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Canada Lynx: The Ghost Cat of the North

Miss Cellania

Of the four existing species in the genus Lynx, two live in North America. One is the bobcat; the other is its furry northern cousin, the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis).

One Company's Bold Plan to Mine Asteroids Flying by Earth

The Week

Brace yourselves for the coming asteroid gold rush. U.S. company Deep Space Industries this week revealed plans to send spacecraft on missions to mine near-Earth asteroids for precious metals.

Brain Game: Oceans' 11?

Sandy Wood

How Are Shrunken Heads Made?

Matt Soniak

Head shrinking is rumored to have occurred all over the world, but documented only among a few indigenous South American tribes living in Peru and Ecuador.

Morning Cup of Links: Fake Star Trek Craigslist Ad

Miss Cellania

Happy Birthday, Django Reinhardt

Chris Higgins

Django Reinhardt invented "hot jazz," and with Stéphane Grappelli made an indelible mark on jazz music worldwide.

WWI Centennial: Coup in Constantinople, Betrayal in the Balkans, Conniving in the Caucasus

Erik Sass

Installment #53: In January 1913 there was reason to hope the First Balkan War was winding down.

5 Fictional Companies Owned by Microsoft

David W Brown

Microsoft runs an entire corporate empire you might not know about, but are probably hosting somewhere on your computer.

Super Mario Bros. in 5 Minutes

Chris Higgins

In late 2011, Andrew Gardikis set a record for a "speed run" on <em>Super Mario Bros.</em> -- this means he played through the entire game as quickly as possible (yes, he used th

The Missing Links: Weird and Wonderful Scents

Colin Patrick

9 Amazing Masters of Hyperrealism

Jill Harness

For some artists, the prevalence of cameras in our modern world is a challenge to make even more realistic artwork.

Why is a Fake Doctor Called a Quack?

Matt Soniak

Quack, in the sense of a medical impostor, is a shortening of the old Dutch quacksalver (spelled kwakzalver in the modern Dutch), which originally meant a person who cures with home remedies, and then

Brain Game: Chilly Willy

Sandy Wood

He Could Have Discovered America, but He Wanted to See His Parents

Matt Soniak

The story of Bjarni Herjólfsson.

Morning Cup of Links: Witty Eateries

Miss Cellania