How Edison’s Boxing Film Inspired Pay-Per-View. When “Gentleman Jim” Corbett met Peter Courtney on film in 1894, movies began to make money.

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How People Created Ice in the Desert 2000 Years Ago. It's the ancient art of "night-sky cooling."

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An Expanding Circular Dining Table. Watch a table for four become a table for eight and still look good.

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Is a Hole a Real Thing, or Just a Place Where Something Isn’t? Is it the dough you cut out of a doughnut, or the space that's left behind?

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The Impossible Skateboard Flip. Top skaters can do it, but they have to understand the physics involved.

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How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests. When we change the environment, animals adapt in any way they can.

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Tom Hanks's Moral Panic Film. The 1982 TV movie Mazes and Monsters rode the wave of public unease surrounding Dungeons & Dragons.

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The Best Fried Chicken in All 50 States. Comparing them all would make a truly glorious road trip.