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How Foot Binding Worked

For 1,000 years, Chinese women would break and bind the bones in their daughters' feet to ensure they achieved the coveted 3-inch foot. How did this painful procedure change Chinese culture – and why was this disfigured foot considered so erotic?

    • How to Survive a Mass Extinction
      science How to Survive a Mass Extinction

      Our planet has been through five mass extinctions, and some experts say we're heading into our sixth. What can we learn from the past events — and the animals that survived — to make sure we humans can stick around?

    • Can you make a living on YouTube?
      money Can you make a living on YouTube?

      Plenty of people make a living through content creation. Is it really as simple as uploading videos and picking up a paycheck?

    • What causes the smell after rain?
      science What causes the smell after rain?

      Especially in the spring and summer, there's often a strong, funny smell right after it rains. What's behind "rain smell"?

    • How Laser Communication Works
      science How Laser Communication Works

      When speed is everything and light marks the universe's speed limit, lasers are bound to be the answer. At least, that's what NASA and a bunch of Wall Street types are betting on.

    • How Body Branding Works
      people How Body Branding Works

      Branding may put you in mind of that steak commercial on TV where the beef is seared with a hot iron marked Grade A. And in truth, the process on humans is not that different. Yet people who have been branded say there is pleasure in the pain.

    • How Film Restoration Works
      entertainment How Film Restoration Works

      Film doesn't last forever – particularly if it was used before 1950. What causes it to break down, and how do restorers put it back together?

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