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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 Everyone from beekeepers to the government are searching for ways to solve the CCD epidemic. The USDA's internal Agricultural Research Service is trying to improve bee ...

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 le ...

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 ...

Pitching with Pine Tar

I suppose I should be indignant about New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda using pine tar in a game against my hometown Red Sox last week. But I'm not much of a sports guy and Before researching I From 1648 until the beginning of the 20th century, ...

10 Wellesley Students Making Out with Boston Marathon Runners

It's not every day you get to kiss the future leaders of the world. Here then are 10 times the ladies of Wellesley granted good luck by kissing runners of the Boston Marathon.

The Ethos of the Ultimate Warrior

If you grew up watching Wrestlemania on pay-per-view television like I did, the Ultimate Warrior was an icon of hyperbole and testosterone, mixed with a heavy hand of absurdity. But, as an adult I barely paid attention to him until he died earlier th ...

The 10 Funniest Viral April Fool's Gags of 2014

While I can be a prankster myself (an old colleague reminded me this week of when we spread peanut butter on our manager's desk phone) I'm not usually big on April Fool's Day. This year however, there were some spectacular parodies, stunts and ruses ...

Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" Video Echoes Amenhotep III's Immortal Intentions

In As loathe as I am to find myself agreeing with a pop music video director's PR babbleWhile Tiyhe wasn't as powerful as Perry's faux queen, she was very influential. One of the restored statues depicts her beside Amenhotep's right leg. By today's s ...

Ripples in Space-Time Confirm an Expanded Universe

Yesterday morning As the team members themselves reiterated during the presentation at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this is incredibly complex stuff to understand. Expanded universe theory is so complex ...

What is Russia Today and Who Is Paying the Bills?

The most popular video on YouTube last week was My first thought was, "What the heck is RT-America?"My second was, "Is it really funded by the Russian government?"I get my news from online newspapers, RSS feeds and blogs so it's p ...