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Video: Rice Puffs Explode From A Giant Cannon

New York's Museum of Food and Drink unveils its first exhibit, with a bang.<p>In a borrowed warehouse space in Brooklyn, I witnessed last week the first test-firing of what will soon be the heart of the Breakfast Cereal exhibit at the Museum of Food and Drink. Friend of PopSci Dave Arnold and his …

The Future Of Flight: 3-D Printed Planes

NASA, Boeing, and others are using 3-D printed parts in their aircraft. Next up? A printable private jet.<p>Last fall, GE Aviation quietly purchased two small 3-D–printing companies, Morris Technology and Rapid Quality Manufacturing, and in doing so made a loud statement: 3-D printing will shape the …

A Dramatic Finish For Solar Impulse, The Solar-Powered Plane That Flew Across The U.S.

The craft touched down in New York over the weekend after zipping across the States, but not without some technical difficulties.<p>Since May, the solar-powered plane Solar Impulse has been on a cross-country trip across the U.S., soaring from San Francisco to the Southwest, through St. Louis, D.C., …

How To Prevent America's Next Train Crash

Long-overdue rail upgrades could prevent the next big train catastrophe. So why are the railroads so reluctant to make them?<p>The evening of January 5, 2005, was dry and cool in Graniteville, South Carolina. At 6:10, a 12-car Norfolk Southern freight train pulled up to the Avondale Mills textile …

Big Pic: Life-Sized T. Rex Sculpture Stares Down The Eiffel Tower

Cue freaked-out tourists.<p>The classic beauty of the Eiffel Tower and Seine River draw scores of tourists to Paris. But do you know what would really spruce the place up? A full-size, chrome <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i> sculpture, placed over the Seine, just as the architects of Paris intended.<p>The sculpture, by …

Check Out Albert Einstein's Timecards

Did history's best-known genius hate Mondays?<p>Happy Post-Holiday-Weekend Monday! Perhaps you can take comfort in knowing you had something in common with fellow clock-puncher Albert Einstein, who took part-time pay from the government while working on Navy weapons during World War II. Here are his …

How Olive Oil Might Save Our Oldest Buildings

When the builders of York Minster—a huge gothic cathedral in a northern U.K. city—set to work, they weren’t thinking about the road traffic that …

10 Amazing Statue of Liberty Facts

Since first arriving to New York as a gift from the people of France, the Statue of Liberty has become one of America's most well-known and iconic …

19 Famous Things Invented in Canada

The good people of Canada are responsible for many inventions you use every day. Especially if you're someone who plays Trivial Pursuit in a …

Lucky Luciano, Dutch Schultz: Look at these incredible images from the private files of a 1930s NYPD detective.

<i>Crime is Slate’s crime blog. Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @slatecrime.</i><p>In 1928 a Greenwich Village native named Eugene Canevari …

13 Dumbest Band Names in Rock History

It’s not easy to pick a band name. After 60 years of rock & roll, everything has been taken. There’s the Eagles and the Eagles of Death Metal, the …

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5 Questions: UFO

1 of 5<p>What duo's single "UFO" spent 10 weeks at the top of the Japanese pop chart in 1978?<p>2 of 5<p>Who portrayed Roy Neary, an electrical lineman whose …

Are Wolves Really Howling at the Moon?

Mythology and the imagination of the masses have created a popular belief that there is some sort of connection between wolves and the moon—that when …

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How Spiders Win the Lottery

On a cloudy spring day, a little spider scales a tall blade of grass. At the peak, the spider arches up, points its abdomen up to the sky and begins …

Mental Floss on Twitter: "The Fish That Ate Japan — http://t.co/HU6o7UlmuA http://t.co/7HgGQlTZCd"

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Is Alternative Medicine Really 'Medicine'?

With Rising Temperatures, Infrastructure Falters

Video: Mars rover watches Mars moon Phobos passing overhead

If you were standing on planet Mars, how would it look to see a Mars moon move across the sky? Well, here’s how.<p>If you were standing on planet Mars, …

Cosmochemist discovers potential solution to meteorite mystery

Chondrules may have formed from high-pressure collisions in early solar system.<p>A normally staid University of Chicago scientist has stunned many of …

The Violent Beauty Of Carnivorous Plants

A new book celebrates flesh-eating flora.<p>Peter D'Amato has amassed what is claimed to be the largest collection of carnivorous plants in the world. California Carnivores, his Bay Area nursery, sells plants to aficionados as well.<p>Fifteen years ago, he wrote <i>The Savage Garden,</i> a guide to growing …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

'The Wolverine' Clip: See the Bullet Train Sequence Early – /Film

Footage from <b>James Mangold</b>‘s <i>The Wolverine</i> has been slightly confounding as it isn’t quite what some people expected — or hoped — to see. Fans have …

Finally, ‘Anchorman’ Received The 8-Bit Video Game Treatment

The folks at CineFix are responsible for spiking my Ovaltine with some happiness today, as they posted an “8-bit” video game version of <i>Anchorman</i> to YouTube last week, and if there’s anything my inner frat boy loves, it’s 8-bit video games (easy to play when hammered) and <i>Anchorman</i> (the babes at Tri …

How Universal Pictures Staged the Biggest Comeback In Hollywood

After years of costly flops including "The Wolfman," "Cowboy & Aliens" and, more recently, "Battleship," Fogelson felt like the media's whipping post.<p>But a funny thing happened in the days after that premiere. A movie called "Ted" opened to more than $50 million domestically and went on to gross …

Gaming Culture: Today It's Zynga, Tomorrow It's You. Why 'Cool' Isn't Enough

Online gaming company Zynga has been in the news a lot lately, but most of this reporting and analysis neglects a fundamental point: Now that it has rebooted its leadership, its success hinges not on how it executes business, but how it integrates culture. Zynga’s journey presents a rich reminder …

Race For the Wool - Part 3 - Sjinvasion

Pick up milk, walk the dog, and defeat enemies with new GlassBattle for Google Glass

Milk: check. Dog walked: check. Enemies gloriously vanquished in vicious naval combat: check.<p>While there are only a few thousand Glassholes in the world to date, more of them are soon going to be walking around uttering seemingly random shouts of joy and groans of defeat. BrickSimple has just …