Why The Human Knee Is A Design Disaster

Why The Human Knee Is A Design Disaster

Millions deal with knee problems every year. From elite athletes tearing their ACLs to senior citizens with chronic knee pain, there is clearly something error prone about the design of the human knee. It all comes down to a potent mix of evolutio...
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Summer is just around the corner, and the outdoors may seem like the perfect escape from the threat of contracting the virus. States are slowly reopening businesses and stir-crazy Americans are flocking to beaches and taking hikes. Are we really t...
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The Rise And Fall Of Autotune

The Rise And Fall Of Autotune

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How America's National Parks Became Critically Crowded With Tourists

How America's National Parks Became Critically Crowded With Tourists

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How Pandemics Like Coronavirus Have Shaped Our Homes

How Pandemics Like Coronavirus Have Shaped Our Homes

Our home design has changed drastically over the past 150 years. Once commonplace items like claw-footed tubs and standing armoires have fallen out of favor. Of course, technologies and consumer preferences have played a major role. But what might...
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How Backyard Grilling Conquered America

How Backyard Grilling Conquered America

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Why Americans Are So Obsessed With Grilling

Why Americans Are So Obsessed With Grilling

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The Real Reason Soap Operas Look So Different

The Real Reason Soap Operas Look So Different

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Why 3D Movies Keep Failing

Why 3D Movies Keep Failing

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The Rise, Fall, And Rebirth Of The Ford Bronco

The Rise, Fall, And Rebirth Of The Ford Bronco

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Why There Are So Few Pickup Trucks In Europe

Why There Are So Few Pickup Trucks In Europe

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Why Movies Are Wrong About Elevator Free Falls

Why Movies Are Wrong About Elevator Free Falls

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How Humans Caused Our Own Allergies

How Humans Caused Our Own Allergies

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How Navigation Apps Actually Create More Traffic

How Navigation Apps Actually Create More Traffic

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What The Pronunciations Of Brand Names Really Mean

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Why Sitcoms Stopped Using Laugh Tracks

Why Sitcoms Stopped Using Laugh Tracks

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The Rise and Fall Of Orange Juice

The Rise and Fall Of Orange Juice

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Why The Human Knee Is A Design Disaster

Why The Human Knee Is A Design Disaster

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Coronavirus Stimulus Package: Who Gets What and Why

Coronavirus Stimulus Package: Who Gets What and Why

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The Surprising Problems With The City Grid

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Why New York Dumps Old Trucks (And More) Into the Ocean

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What Makes Coronavirus So Infectious?

What Makes Coronavirus So Infectious?

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Doctor Responds To Coronavirus Myths

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How Will Summer Really Impact Coronavirus?

How Will Summer Really Impact Coronavirus?

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How Los Angeles Got Its Iconic Architecture Style

How Los Angeles Got Its Iconic Architecture Style

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