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The Science of Thingummyjigs (and Other Words on the Tip of Your Tongue)

What is actually happening when you can't think of the word you mean? It's called Tip of the Tongue syndrome and yes, it's been studied.
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The Quest for A Faster Marathon

How big a difference does air resistance make when running a marathon? Nike tried to find out recently. A look at the science behind the 2-hour marathon.
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The Science of Hot Chili Peppers

Why do spicy foods feel hot? A look at the science behind the world's spiciest hot chili peppers, including the new "Dragon's Breath" variety.
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Our Spam Emails, Ourselves

More money, more hair, less belly fat, better health: our spam emails expose our worries and weaknesses.
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What Makes a Brain “Speech Ready?”

Can monkeys talk? According to new research, they could, if their brains would let them.
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A Very JSTOR Daily Mixtape

Academics and musicians have a lot in common. The JSTOR Daily playlist combines songs and scholarship.

How We Know What Killed the Dinosaurs

How do we know that a meteor caused the extinction of the dinosaurs?
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The Problem With Nuclear Fusion

For decades physicists have pursued a long-shot approach to clean power—nuclear fusion.
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Roald Dahl

What don't you know about the famous children's book author?
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Where Did the Moon Come From?

Despite years of study, it is only since the 1980s that a theory of the moon's origin has coalesced.