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The girl who was trapped in debris for 3 nights

In 1985, a town known as Armero in Colombia saw one of the worst volcanic eruptions in history, which turned it into a ghost town. While the government was preoccupied with fighting the guerrilla...

Why does banana candy typically not taste like bananas?

Watch banana candies being formed by hand using Victorian techniques and discover why banana candy typically does not taste like what you think a banana should taste like. Also explore the weirdness of the...

2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their discoveries of molecular...

Glucomannan: a new fiber option

It’s well known that soluble fiber, as found in oats, barley, and psyllium (used in bulk laxatives such as Metamucil), helps lower blood cholesterol levels and promote “regularity” and has other potential health benefits. Now another soluble fiber is...

Demonologist Lorraine Warren

According to claims originating from Ed and Lorraine Warren, a student nurse was given the Raggedy Ann doll in 1970, but after the doll behaved strangely, a psychic medium told the student that the...

Making an AR-15 from soda cans

The Colt AR-15 was introduced in 1964. It is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle. The first version was the Colt AR-15 Sporter, in .223 Remington, with a 20 inch...

The mysterious case of Jean Hilliard

Lengby, Minnesota: It was December 20, 1980, when Jean Hilliard’s (19) automobile skidded on an icy road and lurched into a ditch. She was headed to her home after being at a friend’s when this...

If data is the new oil, are tech companies robbing us?

Data is the new oil, or so the saying goes. So why are we giving it away for nothing more than ostensibly free email, better movie recommendations, and more accurate search results? It’s an important...