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The Conversation: U.S. weekly news quiz
From the editors at The Conversation, an independent news organization based in Boston that publishes articles written by academic …
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Ride the rails and expand your territory in a new historical locomotive game

(BPT) - Are you ready to go back in time and become a railway tycoon? Download Railway Empire 2, a visually stunning and challenging strategy and resource management game available now on PC, Xbox …
50 roasters across the US: A guide to coffee in every state
worradirek // Shutterstock What makes a good cup of coffee is personal. Some coffee connoisseurs swear by an AeroPress, while …
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A brief history of the Cold War
Abthorp/Mirrorpix // Getty Images An estimated 56.4 million people died during World War II, making it the deadliest war of all …
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From Polaroids to Instant Pots: Every year's must-have shopping fad since 1973
Olena Yakobchuk // Shutterstock Shopping has changed over the years—from small, local businesses to big-box stores with global …
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The deadliest accidental explosions ever recorded
PIUS UTOMI EKPEI // Getty Images Civilization needs an ever-increasing quantity of resources in order to sustain its activities, …
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Interesting facts

20 of the biggest insects in the world

Stacker compiled a list of 20 of the biggest insects in the world using a variety of news, scientific, and other sources.

20 of the strangest natural phenomena in America

From features in national parks to regional quirks, Stacker compiled a list of 20 of the strangest natural phenomena in the U.S.

Parachuting to Mars: Safe Exploration of the Red Planet

(BPT) - Two years ago, NASA’s Perseverance Rover landed on Mars, an aerospace feat helping prepare the mystery planet for potential human exploration. While many companies are proud to have …

70 photos from the '70s that show how the world was changing

Stacker compiled a collection of 70 images that show how the '70s changed the world. See photos of the decade's defining moments from politics to pop culture.
Things you should know
People think they should talk less to be liked, but new research suggests you should speak up in conversations with strangers

We found that people tend to think they should speak about 45% of the time to be likable in a one-on-one conversation with someone new. However, it appears speaking up a bit more is actually a better strategy. Quinn Hirschi, University of Chicago The …

Sleeping fish? From sharks to salmon, guppies to groupers, here’s how they grab a snooze

A large group of yellowfin tuna swimming off the coast of Italy. Like all fish, they sleep, but it’s not like human sleep. Giordano Cipriani/The Image Bank via Getty Images Michael …

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Antisemitic incidents are on the rise in most states
agsaz // Shutterstock In 2022, there were nearly 1,000 more antisemitic incidents reported in the United States than in 2021 …
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The unseen barriers hindering affordable housing in your town
Canva Although many Americans aspire to predetermined notions of what an American home and neighborhood should look like, the stark …
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How spending on public safety and policing has changed over the last 40 years
Canva Rates of violent crime are significantly lower today than they were just three decades ago, though many Americans assume …
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Most and least educated states in America
michaeljung // Shutterstock Each year, around 50 million young Americans attend public elementary and secondary schools, according …
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Most common food ingredients and contaminants that led to recalls in 2022
New Africa // Shutterstock Food product recalls serve an important purpose for American consumers. When manufacturers find that …
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21 of the most impactful intelligence leaks in US history
Handout // Getty Images In April 2023, Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeira was arrested and charged in connection …
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From Stonewall to today: 50+ years of modern LGBTQ+ history
Getty Images In the early hours of June 28, 1969, the New York Police Department unwittingly helped start the modern LGBTQ+ rights …
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How educational games have evolved over time
Oliver Davis // Getty Images The act of having fun raises levels of dopamine, endorphins, and oxygen in a person's body: all …
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States with the most hate crimes
carl ballou // Shutterstock In 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the "Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes …
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A brief history of the shoes and moments that defined sneaker culture
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images An amalgamation of rubber, nylon, and synthetics that we walk around in all day, sneakers …
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