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Stealth infections

From the Black Death to polio, the most dangerous pathogens have moved silently, transmitted by apparently healthy peopleBy Wendy OrentRead ...
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Hitler’s ‘Cavalry of the future’

Adolf Hitler had an ulterior motive for ramping up the Third Reich’s investment in the German automotive industry and its ...
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Slavery Persisted in New England Until the 19th Century

Slavery was a dominant feature of the antebellum South, but it was also pervasive in the pre-Civil War North—the New ...
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Why Thomas Jefferson’s Anti-Slavery Passage Was Removed from the Declaration of Independence

With its soaring rhetoric about all men being “created equal,” the Declaration of Independence gave powerful voice to the values ...
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False teeth

This playful British short from 1968 combines lab footage, stop-motion animation and humour to show how dentures are madeBy Aeon ...
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Vienna, city of paradox

How did the city of elegant classicism give birth to an explosive modernism, threatening to destroy its very traditions?By Alexander ...
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Non-tobacco plant identified in ancient pipe for first time

People in what is now Washington State were smoking Rhus glabra, a plant commonly known as smooth sumac, more than ...
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Ancient Maya reservoirs contained toxic pollution

Reservoirs in the heart of an ancient Maya city were so polluted with mercury and algae that the water likely ...
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That Time a WWII Era Soviet Tank Did a Barrel Roll During a Russian Military Parade

The Russian spinoff of the blockbuster hit “Fury” is not going as expected. Anyone who has experience driving any number ...
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The hysteria accusation

Women’s pain is often medically overlooked and undertreated. But the answer is not as simple as ‘believing all women’By Elizabeth ...
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