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5 Easy Tips for Better Hair (From the Early 1900s)

Pour cyanide on your scalp—and other tried-and-true pointers from the turn of the last century.<p>1. Brushing<p>Have you ever looked at old-fashioned …

Take the Impossible “Literacy” Test Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the 1960s

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Why The Government Should Fund Unpopular Science

It's a no-brainer: The government should be spending money on science that nobody else wants to fund.<p>In April, President Obama announced, to much fanfare, that the government would spend $100 million on a detailed map of the human brain and how its neurons interact. The project is a waste of money. …

10 Scientific Benefits of Being a Dog Owner

The bickering between cat people and dog people is ongoing and vicious, but in the end, we're all better off for loving a pet. But if anyone tries to …

Pets

15 Details from the In Cold Blood Killers’ Case Files

On November 15, 1959, the Clutter family—Herb and Bonnie, their daughter Nancy, and son Kenyon—were brutally murdered in their Holcomb, Kansas, home. …

20 Towns Named for Other Towns But Pronounced Differently

The United States of America, the great melting pot. We take music, foods, words and traditions from all over the world, shake them up and blend them …

The Katzenklavier: An Organ Made of Cats

Long before the wonders of keyboard cat, felines and music had a tense relationship. The two were tied by an infernal instrument—the <i>katzenklavier</i>, or …

Scientists Train People To Not Be Jerks

To be excellent to one another, just try out some Buddhist meditation.<p>If you're kind of a jerk, but at least concerned about your jerk-ness, take heart: researchers say they've shown it's possible to increase compassion in adults.<p>The University of Wisconsin-Madison actually has a whole department …