Thursday, March 19

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The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Researchers do look into near-death experiences, seeking a verified case of what they call “apparently non-physical veridical perception.”

Wednesday, March 18

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Rogue Wounds

A brief history of pretending to be sick.

Tuesday, March 17

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Luminous Life

In the deep ocean, a swimming sea-worm called a “green bomber” can throw sacs of light when attacked.

Monday, March 16

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Why Do Severed Goat Heads Keep Turning Up in Brooklyn?

Santería or Vodou are explored as possibilities.

Sunday, March 15

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Jane Goodall Is Still Wild At Heart

She’s 80 now, working 13 hour days, and still won’t take so much as a reporter’s hand to cross the stream.

Friday, March 13

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Slip Sliding Away

Locals on the Outer Banks are arguing about whether climate change is real. Meanwhile, their islands are disappearing.

Wednesday, March 11

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Why Would Anyone Want To Shoot a Sea Otter?

Perhaps because your people have always hunted them. But also because there’s demand in New York fashion circles for their pelts.

Friday, March 6

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Birdman

A man’s love of pigeons leads him to build a Ponzi scheme out of birds.

Thursday, March 5

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The Exhibitionist

The controversial owner of the Dallas World Aquarium once nearly caused a riot over pygmy sloths.

Saturday, February 28

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The Word-Hoard

The British and Irish have coined some fabulous terms to describe nature and landscrape. “Doofers” is the Scots’ term for horse-shit; “clinkerbell” means icicle in Hampshire.

Friday, February 27

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Did Grief Give Him Parkinson’s?

Identical twins in Pennsylvania have the same genes, the same upbringing, similar adult lives. And yet one crucial difference may have made one of them sick.

Thursday, February 26

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Playing with Fire

The flawed science that helped convict a Tennessee man of murder.