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Mediterranean be Dammed

A plan to build a dam near the narrowest point of the Straight of Gibraltar, resulting in an eighteen-mile-long structure from Morocco to Spain.

Doctor Watson’s Phobia Factory

The story of a series of chilling psychological experiments on an infant in 1920.

The Pit of Life and Death

Just outside Butte, Montana lies a pit of greenish poison a mile and a half wide and over a third of a mile deep.

The American Gustation Crisis of 1985

The story of the curiously outsized reaction to the 1985 reformulation of a popular soft drink.

The Heroes of SARS

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

Eugenics and You

The troubling history and surprising origins of the eugenics movement in the early 20th century.

A Large-Hearted Gentleman

A cool breeze blew over the lush Indian forest. Jim Corbett was being hunted. The tigress that stalked him was alre...

Operation Pastorius

The little-known story of Nazi spies in America sent to sabotage the war effort.

The Martian Express

A hypothetical vehicle that would facilitate frequent, relatively inexpensive transit between Earth and Mars.

The Extraordinary Astrologer Isaac Bickerstaff

Teetering between its medieval past and the “Age of Reason,” early 18th-century London was an environment in which th...
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