Curious, Cool and Captivating: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week


This crack is dwarfed by the rift in the Larsen C ice shelf. Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images
This crack is dwarfed by the rift in the Larsen C ice shelf. Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

Been hibernating for the winter and missed our takes on dictators and a huge Antarctic ice rift? Get caught up on the stories that may have slipped through the cracks. (Get it?)

The Curious

The fourth largest ice shelf on Antarctica is cracking at a superfast speed, and an iceberg bigger than Rhode Island is expected to break off into the Southern Ocean within the next few months.

Feel like you read this before? Christian Sager explores the eerie territory of déjà vu theories in an episode of BrainStuff.

Christian and host Robert Lamb continue the creepy by delving into the futuristic planetary postcolonialism of Syfy's "The Expanse," stopping to chat with the show's executive producer, Naren Shankar.

The Cool

Since you're reading this, you're probably an enthusiastic proponent of great science, like the folks organizing and planning to participate in the Scientists' March on Washington. Read about their fight against "alternative facts" here.

If you are a fan of alternative facts, here's a doozy — your appendix actually might not be useless.

Since your days of impressing strangers when you tell them the appendix is considered a "vestigial organ" may soon be over, woo them with the newfound knowledge of African art history you gain from a recent episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

The Captivating

One week down, way more to go. What's so special about the U.S. president's first 100 days in office? This article will give you the scoop on the "honeymoon" period.

Speaking of executive positions, Josh and Chuck dive into the details on how dictators work, from Lucius Cornelius Sulla to Hitler.

And, on the eve of Black History Month, writer Alia Hoyt gets to the nitty-gritty of the Black Panther Party, an organization built on a platform of community service and self-defense, and motivated by the oppressions of racial inequality.