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In 1912, 4-year-old Bobby Dunbar disappeared during...

In 1912, 4-year-old Bobby Dunbar went missing during a family fishing trip in Louisiana. Eight months later, a boy matching his description...

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The Ghostbusters teaser shot to convince independent...

This short film was an ad for Ghostbusters, filmed by Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd (in character as Drs. Venkman and Stantz) to convince...

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Florida police department tries to un-ironically recreate...

I recently re-watched the Spielberg-Tom Cruise big screen adaptation of Minority Report. It still holds up as a great sci-fi film...

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Buy Ursula K. Le Guin's old house in Berkeley

The "magnificent" home in Berkeley, California, formerly lived in by author Ursula K. Le Guin is on the market for $4.1m. Pictured...

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Meet the Philanthropic Vampire Courts of Texas

Today I learned about the Houston Vampire Court and the Vampire Court of Dallas/Fort Worth, both member-driven organizations for "Sanguinarians"...

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Startling, beautiful, and weird close-up images of...

Using Europe's largest solar telescope, GREGOR, researchers captured these incredible images of details on the surface of the sun....

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Heart damage to asymptomatic children with COVID-19...

Many children who get Covid-19 are unlikely to show symptoms and very few will die from the disease. But the authors of a new paper...

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New Yorker writer recounts her second chance in a...

In 1984 The New Yorker published a story written by Janet Malcolm. The story, says Malcolm in the 24 Sep 2020 issue of The New York...

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Computer finds faces in grains of sand

In artists Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen's installation "Pareidolia," a computer vision system uses facial recognition software...

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Kentucky driver busted for hand-drawn license plate

Police in Millersburg, Kentucky, pulled over a driver last week after noticing that their license plate looked a bit "off model,"...

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How Starbucks borrows money from its customers at...

This essay from Moneyness by JP Koning is from 2019, but I just came across it. It's about Starbucks stored value accounts, which...

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Panda cub! The best of the National Zoo's panda cam...

On August 21 at the US Smithsonian's National Zoo, Mei Xiang gave birth to a beautiful panda cub. You can check out the Zoo's Giant...

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What do drawings of memory bikes have to do with know-it-alls?

This is from the 7 Sep 2020 issue of my new newsletter, The Magnet. Sign up for it here! (Before reading further, please draw a simple...

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Why The Animals' Eric Burdon is OK with Trump using...

Last week when Trump arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina for an appearance, The Animals classic 1964 hit "House of the Rising Sun"...

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The Adobe Creative Cloud is the center of the creative...

When you're the king, someone is always coming for your crown. Nowhere is that more true than in the tech sector, where a perennial...

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Man giving away candy factory surprised by the enthusiastic...

A gentleman aggressively borrowing THE plot device from a beloved children's novel is surprised people want to win a candy factory....

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What happens when a supersonic baseball hits something?

Since he was a kid, Destin Sandlin from Smarter Every Day has wondered what would happen when a baseball went supersonic. So he build...

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How to launch and run a remote D&D game from quarantine,...

Over at Wirecutter, my friend and colleague James Austin has a wonderful new guide that covers everything you need to run a remote/online...

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