One Sperm Donor. 36 Children. A Mess of Lawsuits.

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The controversial company using DNA to sketch the faces of criminals

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Chemistry detectives figured out how to best preserve and display Edvard Munch’s The Scream

On this day in 1973 an ambitious 70s era cybernetic experiment was prematurely terminated

Not aliens but ORCs: What are these mysterious giant radio rings in the sky?

Those Orange Bay Area Skies and the Science of Light

How To Get Away with Murder

Expert on Amazon tribes killed by arrow from uncontacted group

Video: The Pythagorean Siphon Inside Your Washing Machine [11:30]

The origin of North Korea’s ‘ghost boats’

The Fascinating (and Forgotten) Story of Hetty Green, America’s First Female Tycoon

How the French Revolution created the metric system

Hundreds of Americans Planted ‘Chinese Mystery Seeds’

Surprise: Neutron Stars And White Dwarf Stars Aren’t Actually Stars

The remarkable ways animals understand numbers

The Most Common Pain Relief Drug in The World Induces Risky Behaviour, Study Suggests

Strongest magnetic field in universe directly detected by X-ray space observatory

Particles As Big as Softballs Ejected From Asteroid Bennu Seem to Do the Impossible

“Oops! We Made A Hit…” – Unexpected Chart-Toppers

How Algorithms Are Changing What We Read Online

The Magical Art of Selling Soap

Jet-age glamour was more than just aesthetic: its promise of motionless movement reshaped perception of time and space

‘My Week Shadowing a Tornado Hunter in Oklahoma’

How Two Became One: Origins of a Mysterious Symbiosis Found

Food Fads Have Always Been Ridiculous. Just Ask the Great Masticator.

Facts v feelings: how to stop our emotions misleading us

A New Cosmic Tension: The Universe Might Be Too Thin

Ancient boardgames: Experts find the missing piece (but can’t figure out how to play)

Meteorite craters may be where life began on Earth, says study

Researchers may have finally found evidence for sleep in sharks

Another Chinese rocket falls near a school, creating toxic orange cloud

How to Escape From a Volcano Eruption

The weird space that lies outside our Solar System

Portable MRI can detect brain abnormalities at bedside

This hummingbird survives cold nights by nearly freezing itself solid

“Pyjama Plot” Shows the Quantum World Is Even Stranger Than We Thought

The Damn Interesting Curio Cabinet is now live on Apple Podcasts!

How Groups of Cells Cooperate to Build Organs and Organisms

Apologies for the prolonged outage, our headquarters has been without electrons for a couple of days

Scientists find a shortcut to make a rare — and possibly healthier — sugar

How a Soviet Triple Agent Recruited New Spies in the West

The daring nun who hid and saved 83 Jewish children

The Leyat Helica propeller car: A wonderfully bad idea

The mystery of Central Asia’s ‘desert kites’

‘Beethoven was black’: why a century-old idea still has power today

The Uncanny Tale of Shimmel Zohar

Can diamonds burn?

Your Smartphone Can Tell If You’re Drunk-Walking

Why is there a normal galaxy sitting at the edge of the Universe?

On this day in 1934, a fire started aboard the passenger liner SS Morro Castle

Simulation Reveals What Dark Matter Might Look Like if We Could See It

‘At 31, I have just weeks to live. Here’s what I want to pass on’

Unlimited Information Is Transforming Society

John Cage musical work changes chord for first time in seven years

New curio by Marisa Brook: For Your Eyes Only

Amazon Drivers Are Hanging Smartphones in Trees to Get More Work

Engineers Have Figured Out How to Make Interactive Paper

The new neuroscience of stuttering