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Introducing: Black Cowboys

Zaron Burnett’s dad didn’t want slavery to be his son’s only image of Black people in American...

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BrainStuff Classics: Could Human Waste Feed Astronauts?

It sounds gross, but stick with us: Researchers are working on recycling astronauts' waste into food for edible...

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BrainStuff Classics: Can Magic Mushrooms Help Stop Depression?

Although psychedelic drugs are largely recreational these days, scientists are looking into potential therapeutic...

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Can a Dripping Faucet Really Prevent Pipe Damage?

Yes, keeping a faucet dripping can help prevent pipes from bursting during freezing weather. Learn why -- and how to...

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When Can You Claim Defamation?

When something you write or say causes harm to someone else, that's defamation -- maybe. Learn about the legal...

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Where Does the Vice President Live?

The White House famously houses the U.S. president, but the VP has a historical place to call home, too. Learn about...

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Will a Second Bump to the Head Really Cure Amnesia?

Spoiler alert: Nope. Learn where the pervasive myth about a blow to the skull causing and curing amnesia came from in...

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BrainStuff Classics: Can You Be Addicted to Love?

Feelings of euphoria leading to obsessive behavior and potentially life-ruining decisions: Love can be as powerful as...

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Did Velociraptors Really Hunt in Packs?

Did real-life raptors work together they way they do in 'Jurassic Park' movies? Do we even have the right raptors?...

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Should We All Be Wearing Two Face Masks?

There's now scientific proof that one good mask will help stop us from spreading and catching COVID-19. Two masks...

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Does Closure Really Exist?

In pop psychology, people often talk about wanting closure to a relationship that's ended -- but psychologists say...

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What's the Difference Between Dukes, Earls, and Other British Peers?

The British peerage system gives formal ranks to people through one of five titles: duke, marquess, earl, viscount,...

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How Do Axolotls Work?

These amphibians spend their entire lives in the water and can regrow any part of their body. Learn more about the...

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Who Were the Black Loyalists of the American Revolution?

When American colonists rebelled against the British Empire, the British encouraged enslaved people to rise up and...

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BrainStuff Classics: Are We in an Insect Armageddon?

A study found that bug biomass has been steadily -- and in some places, dramatically -- decreasing. Learn what may be...

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BrainStuff Classics: Can People Be Allergic to Water?

OK, it's not technically an allergy, but yes: People can have extreme skin reactions to water. Learn more in this...

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How Does Xanthan Gum Work?

This substance helps provide thick, smooth textures in homemade foods and industrial products alike. Learn about how...

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How Were Neanderthals Smarter Than We Think?

Neanderthals have been portrayed as much less intelligent than humans, but they developed technologies and cultural...

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How Do Roadrunners Work?

These birds are the subject of a lot of myths, ancient and modern. Learn what roadrunners are really like in this...

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How Did Human-Skin Shoes Feature in a Politician's Wardrobe?

In the late 1800s, a doctor who autopsied a criminal had the man's skin made into human leather. Learn the macabre...

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