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Louis CK, Robin Williams and the “Rules” of Humor

The day after Robin Williams died I turned on Netflix and randomly chose an episode of Louis CK’s eponymous show to watch. What loaded was “Barney,” the beginning half of season 3, episode 6, where Louie (coincidentally for me) attends

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Why Aren’t Medical Authorities Giving Africa a Potential Cure for Ebola?

Since two Americans with Ebola were flown into Atlanta last week, I’ve been receiving messages from my family. They want to know if my wife and I are safe since the Emory hospital the victims are being treated at is

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The Secret Service: Agents vs. Fraud

  Earlier this week, one of the most popular searched stories on Google was about how Apollo Nida is going to prison for a fraud scheme that stole millions of dollars. I’m unfamiliar with Nida, but apparently his wife is

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Sports Build Confidence In Amputees

The full fever of soccer/football has struck America this week. Today I heard a woman behind me exclaim, “Isn’t it great that this World Cup thing’s got everybody so patriotic and stuff?” I think what she meant was that she

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Why Do People Perform DDoS Attacks?

When Evernote, Feedly and TweetDeck went down simultaneously last week, you could feel the fear kick in across the web. Most of these services were back up shortly, but Feedly took awhile longer, saying they received an extortion letter from

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How to Wipe the Mind and Restore Its Memories

My worst nightmare is something like Wolverine’s origin story… my memories of everything I’ve done up until this point are completely erased by evil scientists. I don’t remember my wife, my pets or even that horrible thing I did in

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The Avengers of HowStuffWorks

Internally we've always referred to BrainStuff as the Avengers of HowStuffWorks. This is where our mightiest video hosts team-up to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science of the world around us. Meet each member of our current roster

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The Bee’s Knees: Solutions for Colony Collapse Disorder

We’ve had bees on the brain here in the HowStuffWorks office. Lauren and Joe from Fw: Thinking just did a podcast episode where they researched robotic bees and using bees as bomb/drug detectors by placing them inside weird cartridge gun

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How Do Earthquake Warning Systems Work?

Human beings haven’t discovered how to predict earthquakes yet… yet the common toad can detect seismic activity days before it strikes their habitat. But toads can’t measure the intensity of earthquakes and locate their focal points can they? At least there

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What’s In a Lethal Injection “Cocktail?”

Lethal injection began as a way to circumvent the ethical objections to “cruel and unusual” methods of execution. But when inmates react to the drugs used in these procedures with seizures and ruptured veins, some have started to ask what’s

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