Author: Matt Castle • Page 1/1

Matt Castle is a writer and contributing editor for Damn Interesting, and not quite an anagram of 'Clam Taste'.

Chronicles of Charnia

When an ancient, unexpected imprint is discovered in a stone quarry, scientists endeavor to explain its mysterious origin.

Schumann Resonances

Three times a day, every day--roughly 9am, 2pm, and 8pm Coordinated Universal Time--an extremely low frequency electromagnetic pulse races around the Ear...

The Curse of Konzo

In 1981, an international group of doctors identified the devastating disease behind a perplexing outbreak of paralysis in northern Mozambique.

Mind-warping Knowledge

Before London taxi drivers are allowed to convey paying customers in their renowned black cabs, they must be ‘of good character’, in a reasonable state o...

Surface Tension

In 1953 a storm of extreme severity struck the North Sea coasts of Britain and the Netherlands, subjecting communities to a ferocious watery onslaught.

The Mole Rat Prophecies

The quirky biology of naked mole rats, and how their true nature was "predicted" before its eventual discovery.

The Power of Positive Lightning

When a glider abruptly explodes under clear blue sky, investigators suspect an unusual and powerful meteorological phenomenon.

The Unfortunate Sex Life of the Banana

How the banana's sweet taste and cheerful appearance obscure a potentially calamitous sexual inadequacy.

The Heroes of SARS

How humanity dodged the speeding bullet of the 2003 SARS epidemic, and the crucial role of a few key individuals.

The Plane That Flew Too Soon

The story of the Bristol Brabazon, a gargantuan airliner that was years ahead of its time.

Transforming the Earth

Humanity's home is far from factory-fresh these days. Frankly, the Earth has received its share of scratches and dents, including large asteroid impacts,...

The Crabs of Christmas

Every year around the end of the October, the red crabs of Christmas Island begin their march. Up to 100 million individuals leave their burrows in the f...

Building the BAM

The Soviet engineers gazed into the abandoned tunnel with dismay. It was 1974 and work was scheduled to resume on the construction of the Baikal-Amur Mag...

The Star Dust Mystery

The passenger manifest for British South American Airlines (BSAA) flight CS-59 might have made a perfect character list for a murder-mystery. Aboard were...

Coley’s Cancer-Killing Concoction

On October 1st 1890, William B. Coley, a young bone surgeon barely two years out of medical school, saw one of his first patients in private practice at ...

Reanimated Rodents and The Meaning of Life

One afternoon in the early 1950s, a young biochemist left his suburban lab bench at Britain’s Mill Hill National Institute of Medical Research and boarde...
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