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Bump fire stocks enable a shooter like Las Vegas killer Steven Paddock to fire a semi-automatic rifle at nearly the rate of an automatic. How do they work?

The Origins of Boston and New York’s Accents

What does Boston have against the letter 'R'? BrainStuff digs into the origins of 2 American accents.

The Number Zero Might Be Older Than We Thought

A new analysis of the ancient Indian Bakhshali manuscript suggests the numerical symbol zero, as we use it today, may be centuries older than previously believed.

How Do Squirrels Organize Their Nuts?

A new study suggests squirrels use memory strategies to remember where they put the good nuts. Find out more on BrainStuff.

Can You Pass A Drug Test With Someone Else's Urine?

Have you ever tried to beat a drug test? OR Labs are usually able to bust people using someone else's urine.

Albums Aren't Dead

Do you buy vinyl records? OR Do you still listen to music albums? In which format? Find out how vinyl and streaming complement each other.

Great Archaic Ways To Insult Someone

Kim Jong-un called Donald Trump a dotard. Here are some equally entertaining out-of-date options the 45th president could've thrown back in his face.

Wolves Are Smarter Than Dogs?

A new study put dogs and wolves head to head in the intelligence department. Guess which species won? Find out on BrainStuff.

What can we learn about ourselves from epic space missions?

Now that Cassini has met its end by plunging into Saturn, it's time to reflect on what we've learned over the decades.

Less people are killed by lightning every year

In the 1940s and '50s, lightning strikes killed hundreds of Americans each year. Now, that number's dropped to only a few dozen. What's changed?

Why Do Balloons Stick To Our Hair?

It's a hair-raising experience. BrainStuff explains the secrets of static electricity.

Neanderthals Used Glue

Neanderthals distilled tar more than 100,000 years before modern humans created glue; archaeologists compared three potential ways this ancient tech was used.

Getting a Doctorate Can Affect Your Mental Health

A new study shows doctoral programs can incite some serious psychiatric problems. Learn how getting a Ph.D. affects mental health on BrainStuff.

Why is the Caspian Sea Evaporating?

The largest lake in the world is gradually shrinking thanks to a changing climate, and beach towns could become landlocked.

There Was a Brutal Prehistoric "Hell Ant"

Instead of a mouth, the hell ant had blades and a metal horn. Learn more about this prehistoric creature on BrainStuff.

Which Computer Keys Wear Out First?

As casual computer users shift to touchscreens, wear patterns on computer keyboards have evolved, affecting suppliers of replacement letters.

Ruined City Under Tunisia's Waters

Archaeologists discovered what they believe to be ruins of the Roman city of Neapolis — underwater near Tunisia. Find out more on BrainStuff.

What Do Hurricane Categories Mean?

Hurricanes are the strongest storms on the planet. Learn more about how we categorize them from BrainStuff.

Why Is a Brain-Shaped Blob In Canada?

The magnificent bryozoan is a colonial organism that lives in warm ponds and lakes usually east of the Mississippi River. So what's it doing in western Canada?

What's the Best Way To Park?

Do people who back their cars into parking spaces slow down the flow? Or are they the smartest in the lot?