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Why Do Cats Purr? A Purr With a Purpose

For some, it’s nothing more than a low hum, while for others, it can seem as loud as an engine, with a body-shaking vibration to match. Either way, it’s a sound that signals comfort and safety—all emanating from the body of one of nature’s fiercest predators. Whether it’s coming from ...

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The War of the Worlds Broadcast: When A Lie Tells The Truth

Coming off of 2018, Our Year of the Scammer, it’s not easy being a member of the discerning public. Frauds like Fyre Festival have turned modern consumers into hardened skeptics, but they’ve also made us nostalgic for a bygone age where we didn’t have to be so guarded, where the ...

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Why Do We Dream? Sleep, Memory, And The Science Of Dreaming

All About Dreams Dreams are an essential part of the human experience. They’re universal; as near as science can show (without literally reading people’s minds) every person dreams when they sleep. So why do we dream? It’s been a popular question for thousands of years—possibly since before the dawn of civilization. ...

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Why Do We Yawn? Science Explains The Cause

Why Do We Yawn? We’ve all been there. You’re sitting in a boring meeting at work, or maybe an 8 AM lecture with one of those professors who just goes on and on. You’re trying desperately to keep alert when your brain just wants sleep. Suddenly, the unmistakable urge to yawn ...

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Who Invented The Internet? Inside The World Wide Web

Who Invented The Internet? The Internet: we post on it, email with it, conduct business through it. It’s such an integral part of our lives that we often take it for granted. It’s always around us, and it’s increasingly difficult to remember a time without it—if we were even alive ...

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The Sky Is Purple: History’s Missing Color

Which of these squares is a different shade of green? Chances are that didn’t come easy. 90% of native English-speakers will struggle to determine which one stands out. They might squint, furrow their brow…and ultimately, just guess (often incorrectly). What’s fascinating, though, is that the struggle is not universal. Members ...

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Why Is The Sky Blue?

Why Is the sky blue? For many kids, it’s the first real question they ask about science and the way the planet works. Even though we learn the answer multiple times throughout our lives, be it from a family member, at school, or from a book, most of us will ...

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The Real Memoirs Of A Geisha: The Life Of Mineko Iwasaki

In 1997, Arthur Golden published Memoirs of a Geisha, a best-selling novel that follows Chiyo Sakamoto as she navigates the life of a Kyoto geisha in the years surrounding World War II. Golden’s book gave insight into the cloistered world of the geisha, and in 2005, it was adapted into a ...

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What Is The Illuminati?

“Call me King Hov, copy? Big ballin’ is my hobby—so much so they think I’m down with the Illuminati”—Jay-Z, “Hot Tottie.” “Illuminati, High society. We in this party and nobody invited me”—Kanye West, “Diamonds” remix. Jay-Z and Kanye West are far from the only rappers who regularly name-drop the Illuminati in their work. ...

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