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The Magnus Effect: More Than a Viral Video

What is the concept of the Magnus effect?
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E.L. Doctorow On New York

Literary giant E.L. Doctorow died in New York — where he lived his entire life — on 07/21. In a 1995 interview, Doctorow reveals what the city meant to him.
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The Soda Jerk and the Periodical

The history of scientific periodicals starts with Benjamin Silliman's upstart publication.
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Mad dogs, Englishmen, and Silver Ants Go Out in the Midday Sun

Several species have managed to adapt to the harsh, unforgiving environment of deserts.
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Pizza-Making Robots, Coming in 2018

The Robot Dymamic Manipulation (RoDyMan) Project aims to create pizza-making robots.
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Stamping Out the Stamp Act

The history of the Stamp Act as it celebrates its 250th anniversary.
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Fly the Friendly Skies in a Grease Powered Jet

A United Airlines jet is the first to take off using only fuels made from discarded fat.
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What Life Was Really Like for “Southern Belles” During the Civil War

What life was like for southern belles.
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Journey to the Center(pede) of the Earth

The deepest living centipede has been discovered in a Croatian cave.
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“Between the World and Me”: Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Legacy of James Baldwin

Toni Morrison has compared writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to James Baldwin; find out why here.