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A quick history of how Trump created the incorrect claim that Typhoon Dorian might strike Alabama

A quick history of how Trump created the incorrect claim that...

What started out as a clear misunderstanding on President Donald Trump's part has morphed into him attacking the media for reporting on his false claim. In the process of using his Twitter account to retweet official Hurricane Dorian forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, Trump incorrectly stated on Sunday that the storm could hit Alabama.…
A History Of Fentanyl

A History Of Fentanyl

Fentanyl is one of the biggest killers in the opioid epidemic. NPR's Leila Fadel talks to Ben Westhoff, author of the new book Fentanyl, Inc., which tracks the rise of the synthetic drug. LEILA FADEL, HOST: Americans are dying of opioid overdoses at an alarming rate. And fentanyl, a drug created in labs in the…
The Story of the Apollo Assistance Computer System, Part 1

The Story of the Apollo Assistance Computer System, Part 1

Dick Battin stood on his driveway in the New England frosty pre-dawn back in October 1957, straining his eyes to see Sputnik fly overhead. It was amazing. Watching that little point of light scoot silently across the sky made Battin’s heart pound. A human-made hunk of metal was actually orbiting Earth! Walking back to his…
Scientist May Have Found the Missing Out On Piece of Proof that Discusses the Origins of Life

Scientist May Have Found the Missing Out On Piece of Proof...

The question of how life first emerged here on Earth is a mystery that continues to elude scientists. Despite everything that scientists have learned from the fossil record and geological history, it is still not known how organic life emerged from inorganic elements (a process known as abiogenesis) billions of years ago. One of the…
The History and Future of the Solar Eclipse

The History and Future of the Solar Eclipse

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The First-Ever Movie of an Overall Solar Eclipse– in 1900– was Simply Found and Brought Back

The First-Ever Movie of an Overall Solar Eclipse– in 1900– was...

The first film of a total solar eclipse has been restored by specialists at the British Film Institute (BFI) and made available for viewing. The film was taken in North Caroline in 1900 by Nevil Maskelyne. Maskelyne was a British man who was a magician turned film-maker. He took the film as part of a…
Prior to Netscape: The forgotten Web web browsers of the early 1990 s

Prior to Netscape: The forgotten Web web browsers of the early...

Browsers of the world, unite! Update: It's Memorial Day weekend here in the US, and the Ars staff has a long weekend accordingly. 2019 marks 30 years since Tim Berners-Lee worked at CERN and came up with a little idea known as the World Wide Web. As all of us do a little Web browsing…
The history of how Uber went from the most feared start-up worldwide to its huge IPO

The history of how Uber went from the most feared start-up...

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Carlo Allegri/Reuters Ten years ago, a company called UberCab made a splash in San Francisco by letting you hail a car with your smartphone. Since then, the company — now known just as Uber — has spread like wildfire across the globe. But the road hasn't been easy. While its valuation…
How Making History Unmade A Household

How Making History Unmade A Household

Julie Goodridge (left) and Hillary Goodridge were the face of the movement to legalize same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. They got married on May 17, 2004, just hours after that state became the first in America to allow same-sex marriage. Winslow Townson/AP hide caption toggle caption Winslow Townson/AP Julie Goodridge (left) and Hillary Goodridge were the…
No, somebody hasn’t split the code of the mystical Voynich manuscript

No, somebody hasn’t split the code of the mystical Voynich manuscript

Enlarge / Composed circa 1420, the 240-page Voynich manuscript is considered by scholars to be the most interesting and mysterious document ever found. Photo12/UIG/Getty Images The Voynich manuscript is a famous medieval text written in a mysterious language that so far has proven to be undecipherable. Now, Gerard Cheshire, a University of Bristol academic, has announced…

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