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A Centuries-Old Malaysian Puppet Show Puts a New Spin on Star Wars
A long time ago in a theater far, far away...
March 13, 2017
In 1971, Stanford Students Did an Interpretive Dance to Demonstrate Protein Synthesis
March 10, 2017
When Batgirl Saved the Day and Demanded Equal Pay
"Holy act of Congress!"
March 08, 2017
An Elusive Whale, Caught on Video for the First Time
Meet the True's beaked whale, a deep-diving creature with a white hat and pockets.
March 07, 2017
Painted Characters Step From Their Walls and Wander the Streets of San Francisco
Artist Alexa Meade can change any three-dimensional object into 2-D art.
March 06, 2017
A Closer Look at That Oscar-Winning Animatronic Horse Puppet
This thing is incredibly lifelike.
February 27, 2017
In 1959, British Scientists Carefully Perfected the Pickled Onion
It was all for the "notoriously fickle pickle-fancying public."
February 24, 2017
Japanese Street Vendors and Their Spongy Fish Pancakes
February 23, 2017
Touring a Deserted, Dystopian Mall in Pennsylvania
Once a mighty retail hub, Century III is now hauntingly empty.
February 22, 2017
Using a Motor to Make Two Hearts Fuse
Try it today!
February 16, 2017
Watch Lights in Madison Square Park Pulse to Heartbeats
Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer creates art installations with heart rate monitors.
February 14, 2017
Watch a Mesmerizing Display of Fire Spirals on Loop
Oh sweet flames.
February 09, 2017
Watch a German Motorcycle Gymnastics Show From 1934
The performance includes a "crazy scientist."
February 08, 2017
Watch the Dramatic Ad That Introduced the First Remote-Control Color TV
It was “the greatest advance in television since color television itself.”
February 07, 2017
Watch a Massive Swirling Tornado of Tuna
They're mating in there.
February 02, 2017
Watch a Strange Miniature Automaton of Marie Antoinette Play a Dulcimer Music Box
Beautiful and creepy.
January 31, 2017
Watch the Walls Shimmer at Iran's Emerald Mosque
Shah Cheragh is one dazzling funerary monument.
January 30, 2017
In 1969, One Inventor Tried to Sell Police a 'Net Gun' for Catching Robbers
While effective, the invention never quite took off.
January 26, 2017
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