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How Modern Animators Use Incredible Visual Effects to Make Films Come to Life

Shaunacy Ferro

Behind the scenes of animation magic.

The 13 Most Interesting Comics of August

Rich Barrett

Each month, we’ll round up the most interesting comics, graphic novels, webcomics, digital comics and comic-related Kickstarters that we think you should check out.

How One Pilot's Sweet Tooth Helped Defeat Communism

the mag

The code name for the American mission: Operation Vittles.

What Happened to Wally Pipp After He Was Benched?

Lucas Reilly

Wally Pipp’s name is a darling cautionary tale. It’s a great story. Too bad it isn’t all true.

Answer These Trivia Questions From 15 Different Categories

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5 Tips for Cleaning Dirty Jewelry (Even That $5 Necklace)

Shaunacy Ferro

Bring the sparkle back to your accessories. 

Three-Day Weekends Are Good for the Environment

Anna Green

Working fewer hours may be good for both our mental health and the health of the planet.

Like Humans, Dogs Understand Both Tone and Vocabulary

Anna Green

Your beloved pup is paying attention both to what you say and how you say it.

Take a 360-Degree Virtual Tour of Five U.S. National Parks

Kirstin Fawcett

Kayak through Alaska's fjords, or explore New Mexico's caves.

13 Conspiratorial Facts About ‘The Manchurian Candidate’

Eric D Snider

1. John F. Kennedy helped get it made.

Did Lucy Die After Falling out of a Tree?

Kate Horowitz

Some researchers see evidence of a fall in 3D reconstructions of her bones. Others are doubtful.

Why are “Pound” and “Ounce” Abbreviated as “lb” and “oz”?

Arika Okrent

Most of our abbreviations for units of measurements are pretty straightforward. They are made up of of letters from the words they stand for. So how do we get lb for “pound” and oz for “ounce”?

SETI Scientists Are Dubious About That Mysterious ‘Signal’

Kate Horowitz

The spike in radio activity could easily have been caused by a passing satellite or even power lines on Earth.

German Man Builds 2000-Pound Bike in Quest for World Record

Kirstin Fawcett

The machine is heavy—but it’s rideable.

The Benefits of Grunting During Tennis

Mangesh Hattikudur

There’s an advantage to letting out a belly groan with every shot.