The Disappearing Spoon

New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean brings you little-known stories from our scientific past.

archival photo of explorer Douglas Mawson.

Death by Nutrition

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Black bear crossing road with cars

The Roadside Apocalypse

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The front page of a newspaper from 1928 proposing a 13-month calendar

The Blind Visionary

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Illustration of a naked mole rat

The Naked Shibboleth

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Photo of Karl Link in a lab

The Lifesaving Rat Poison

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"Dr. Walter Freeman, left, and Dr. James W. Watts study an X ray before a psychosurgical operation.

The Making of a Lobotomist

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Illustration of white-throated sparrow

The Bird with Four Sexes

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Color abstract landscape painting

Claude Monet and Bee Purple

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Archival photo of cleveland fire of 1929

Burn After Watching

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Photo of a brain

Real-Life Zombies

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Cartoon of group of men dissecting bodies in an attic

The Anatomy Riots

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Marie Curie in her lab

Crowdfunding Radium

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Bust of pekin man

Parking Lot or Peking Lot?

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Physician inoculates boy with smallpox vaccine aboard ship

Orphan Vaccines

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