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Firework Technology

It’s believed that fireworks were accidentally discovered in China about 2,000 years ago when a cook mixed three ingredients together – charcoal, saltpeter and sulfur – while working in a field kitchen. Since fireworks were introduced to the United States (sometime in the mid-1600s), fireworks have become big business – last year alone, $190.7 million worth…

Search for Giant Squid

Despite being the largest invertebrate on our planet, giant squid remain a mystery. The species lives far too deep for divers to study. But body parts – and whole carcasses – have washed up on shore. Adult giant squid are so mammoth, they can have basketball-sized eyeballs. The biggest one ever found was 59 feet in…

Catfish Noodling

The European Wels catfish is the ultimate whopper of a fish. They can stretch up to ten feet in length and have been purported to weigh six hundred a seventy pounds – about three times the weight of an average noodler! These bottom-dwelling catfish are the biggest river beasts in Europe capable of darting through the…

Possession Pile Up: Hoarders

Hoarders – people who don’t own their stuff, their stuff owns them – have been around for centuries. And right now there could be as many as 12 million hoarders living in the United States. But what makes a hoarder, and what happens when they’re forced to address this behavior? Several symptoms that can differentiate a…

Mysteries of the Great Wall

The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest engineering wonders on the planet. Every year millions of tourists visit this system of defensive lines – often called the Stone Dragon – that stretches from the mountains to the sea. The original fortress idea can be traced back to the third century B.C. But there…

Society Rules

From scaring skin to resemble a crocodile hide to the autopsy of a human’s remains, beauty and death are controversial topics. And what one culture views as normal and common, for another might be taboo… CROCODILE SCARS For some people, the idea of intentional skin disfigurement would be taboo. But in the remote village of…

Earth Day Awareness: Plastic Waste

Around the world, our appetite for one-time-use plastics is making a devastating impact on our natural world. Think you know what happens to that plastic razor, milk jug, bottle or bag tossed in the trash?  Each year, in the United States alone, more than 31 million tons of plastic are thrown out. Two billion disposable…

Radical Body Reshaping

In a poor, remote village on the Thai-Burmese border, many local Kayan women carry an item of great value – brass rings – around their necks. These shiny collars can weigh up to twenty-two pounds, disfiguring the bodies of those who wear them. This tradition has been part of Kayan culture for nearly one thousand years, and ancient…

Solar Storms On the Rise?

Photo Credit: NASA Solar activity peaks every decade or so, and we’re entering a period – 2012-2014 – in which the sun is “waking up,” according to NASA. Solar storms occur when an eruption or explosion on the sun’s surface propels high-energy sunlight, radiation or a cloud of electrically-charged particles towards our planet. A large…

Sea Monster Cemetery

One hundred and fifty million years ago, what is now the Arctic tundra was completely submerged with water, and massive marine reptiles ruled our sparkling, tropical seas. The Earth was warm and lush, and the dinosaurs were apex land predators. Over time, land appeared, and glaciers spread over 60% of Svalbard’s archipelago. And here in…