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    an illustration of a man pretending to read someone's mind in front of a crowd

    Our editors scrounged up some truly frightful facts.

    What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’ll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci’s newest podcast.

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    Why tired eyes cause you pain.

    You’ve got a headache for the third time this week, and the culprit could be anything. But what if the pain is just coming from eye strain?

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    elephant birds nocturnal blind

    Sightless, flightless, and 10 feet tall.

    Islands breed strange animals. Isolated from the rest of the world, these ecosystems often produce creatures uniquely adapted to their idiosyncratic environments.

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    ultimate fear factory illustration

    Explore the things that keep humanity up at night—and learn why they haunt us.

    What keeps you up at night? This frankenhouse is the ultimate fear factory, based on humanity’s most commonly diagnosed phobias. Learn why they get to us.

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    An alarming new study may also be "deeply flawed."

    This study claims that Bitcoin mining could warm the Earth by 2 degrees C within 22 years, all by itself. One energy expert calls baloney.

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    creepy jack-o'-lantern

    And led to one of the first American science experiments.

    A mysterious light hovers over a marsh, luring travelers to their watery dooms. This real phenomenon earned the nickname will o' the wisp—or jack-o'-lantern. Here's the…

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    a scary doll in front of a mirror covered in blood

    Or why some of us do, anyway.

    The researchers set up their makeshift lab in the basement of the haunted house, recruiting people who had already purchased tickets.

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    Paper book ereader smartphone

    Facebook, Hooked, and other platforms are changing the way we read.

    We aren't exactly a nation of readers. But these tech companies want to change that, by putting fiction on our smartphones.

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    Giovanni Aldini’s experiments with a human corpse

    Scientists really did believe that electricity might be able to bring the dead back to life.

    The idea that electricity really was the stuff of life and that it might be used to bring back the dead was certainly a familiar one in the kinds of circles in which the…

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    Imagined view from Kepler-10b

    It defied the odds to discover thousands of planets.

    NASA’s TESS mission launched in April and will take over the exoplanet search.

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    Smartphone maps

    Flag missing roads, update restaurants' opening hours, and more.

    We constantly consult mapping apps like Google Maps and Apple Maps. But we can also contribute to them. Edit existing data, add new information, and even register your…

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    a dresser in a children's room

    Regulations don’t govern furniture under 30 inches, but a new Consumer Reports investigation shows they’re still deadly.

    Among the litany of screws and plastic doo-hickeys remaining after you assemble tall IKEA furniture, you may have noticed a separate plastic bag containing brackets.

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    prairie mountain

    Wild lands are disappearing fast.

    The world's last wildernesses are disappearing fast, and we need to act quickly if we want to save them.

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    McLaren Speedtail

    Sadly, they only made 106 and they're all sold out.

    It takes a lot of engineering to make a car this fast.

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    Catch up on all the technology gossip without all the hype.

    Keep it real with your tech rumors.

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    Six eggs in various colors including blue and yellow and red with brown spots, arranged in a circle on sand.

    Colorful eggs aren't just for the birds.

    Colorful eggs evolved among dinosaurs when they started nesting above ground. The dinos then passed the trait down to their modern descendants—birds.

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    a woman sits under a fountain on a hot day

    Some research suggest these outliers are shifting to norms.

    It’s not just in your head: we really are experiencing more dangerous and extreme weather events than ever before in modern times.

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    man installing electrical outlet

    Make charging easier.

    Ever feel like you have plenty of charging cables, but not enough adapters to plug them into the wall? Here are two easy ways to add USB ports to your walls.

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  • 11/02/18--08:00: How do planes fly?
  • airplane flying against blue sky

    A simple answer you can explain to your friends.

    Flight relies on two principles of aerodynamics, or the study of how air moves around objects. These are thrust and lift.

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    Kids playing on phones and computers gaming ads

    And that’s just the start of a kindergartener’s gaming woes.

    A new study shows that 95 percent of children’s apps contain at least one type of advertising, a number that worries physicians and parents, and isn’t regulated under…

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