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Weird Science

The people who actually paid attention in chemistry class -- and all the oddball things they've done since.

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The Curious Case of the Socialite Who Sterilized Her Daughter

Did Maryon Cooper Hewitt want to suppress “bad genes” or steal her child’s inheritance? Their battle over genetics and motherhood riveted the nation in 1936.

The Curse of the Ship of Gold

How a brilliant scientist went from discovering a mother lode of treasure at the bottom of the sea to fleeing from authorities with suitcases full of cash.

The Godfather of Sexist Pseudoscience

This skull-measuring quack believed women are no smarter than gorillas. So why do his 19th-century ideas still influence education policy?

Meet the Super-Serious Sasquatch Chasers of America’s Premier Bigfoot Conference

For these “citizen scientists," Bigfoot is very real. They dwell on more controversial questions, like how to capture the elusive creature and whether it’s ethical to kill one.

Meet the Daring Free-Diver Who Talks to Sperm Whales

We know these giant predators communicate through thunderous clicks. James Nestor and his ragtag crew are determined to find out what they’re saying.

My Life on (Simulated) Mars

This is the true story of six strangers picked to live together in a geodesic dome, on top of a volcano, in a barren atmosphere chosen to replicate life in outer space.

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The Mysterious Sea Ape of the Aleutian Archipelago

Finding the Fountain of Youth in an Ancient Irish Bog

The peat found in some anti-oxidant-rich wetlands has preserved the youthfulness of thousand-year-old corpses. Can it do the same for those who are still alive?

The Magic Poop Potion

An Indiana grandma killed off a devastating superbug with a homemade fecal transplant and then embarked on a crusade to win over the FDA.