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Where the “comic book font” came from

Where the “comic book font” came from

Superheroes are mass culture, but comic books are niche. Tens of millions of people saw Captain America: Civil War, but this past May, Marvel only sold 177,000 copies of Civil War II. But if you took Marvel’s opening credits and Read more…


Why the US national anthem is terrible — and perfect

Why the US national anthem is terrible — and perfect

If you’ve ever tried to sing the star spangled banner, “You see” You know it’s not easy. “And the rockets’ red glare. Can’t go that high.” The lowest note and the highest note are an octave and a half apart. Read more…


How a dictionary writer defines English

How a dictionary writer defines English

When you spend all day in English and everything around you is words, you know, I imagine it’s like being a podiatrist where like the whole world is feet. My name is Kory Stamper. I’m an associate editor at Merriam Read more…


Proof of evolution that you can find on your body

Your body is a temple, but it’s also a museum of natural history. Look closely and you’ll see parts that aren’t there because you need them but because your animal ancestors did. No longer serving their previous function but not Read more…


How deaf researchers are reinventing science communication

How deaf researchers are reinventing science communication

(soft music) – [Narrator] So, there’s this little bacterium that lives in ticks, Anaplasma phagocytophilum. It’s a nasty microbe that causes a disease called anaplasmosis. Fever, aches, vomiting and if it’s not treated, organ failure and death. Lorne Farovitch is Read more…


How sign language innovators are bringing music to the deaf

How sign language innovators are bringing music to the deaf

This is Amber Galloway Gallego, she’s interpreting a song for you in traditional American Sign Language. Now here’s the same song but it’s in a specialized version of American Sign Language just for music. You might actually recognize this riff Read more…