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Oisin Curran

Contributing Writer

Oisin Curran is a freelance writer, editor and researcher, as well as regular contributor to HowStuffWorks. He writes on subjects ranging from the Antikythera Mechanism and the Fermi Paradox to Tardigrades and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Oisin also is the author of two novels, including his debut novel, Mopus.

Recent Contributions

A Portrait of John F. Kennedy, America's Youngest President

John F. Kennedy was the youngest man ever elected to be president of the United States. But his term was tragically cut short when he was assassinated in Dallas at age 46.

Honey Ryder, Octopussy and 23 Other Iconic Bond Girls

In honor of the 25th 007 film, "No Time to Die," we're celebrating these 25 Bond Girls, whose looks all but gave them a license to kill.

6 Famous Outlaws of the Wild, Wild West

You know most of their names, but here are the fascinating stories of how six criminal masterminds of the old West lived and died.

The Ambush and Death of Gangster John Dillinger

Dillinger was named Public Enemy No. 1 by the FBI, but, in the end, it was a woman who set him up and brought him down.

The Cold-blooded Assassination of Outlaw Jesse James

Well before he died, Jesse James was a legend. He was a hero even to the man who shot him in the back.

How Billy the Kid Really Died

Billy the Kid, whose legal name was Henry McCarty, was almost certainly killed by Lincoln County, New Mexico, Sheriff Pat Garrett, though questions have always lingered about what really happened.

Pillow Fighting Isn't Just Child's Play, It's a Real Sport

Forget Ultimate Fighting. Pillow fighting is the real ultimate sport.

How Did Bonnie and Clyde Really Die?

We know they died in a hail of gunfire, but who set this criminal couple up and how many shots were fired?

How to Prepare for a Flood

NOAA is expecting widespread flooding throughout the United States this spring. Are you ready?

Nevada's Fly Geyser Is a Manmade Wonder

The decades-old geyser was created by accident when a geothermal company tried to drill a well. Now the strange geyser is open to tourists for the first time ever.

5 Cool Cats in the Wild

When we think of big cats in the wild, we most likely think of lions and tigers. But there are so many more amazing wild cats you've probably never even heard of. Here are five.

Chainsaw Lobster Among New Deep-sea Species Found in Java Sea

The first-ever deep-sea exploration of West Java seas netted more than 12,000 marine creatures, including some new species of crabs, prawns and lobsters.

Seeds of World's Rarest Trees and Crops Can't Be Banked

Seed banks like the Svalbard Vault in Norway are saving seeds for our future. But a new study found not all seeds can be banked.

Georgia Tech Using Campus Wastewater to Grow Veggies

We flush a shocking amount of perfectly good water down the toilet every day. An environmental engineer has a better idea.

Database of 18,000 Retracted Scientific Papers Now Online

The blog Retraction Watch released an online database of more than 18,000 papers and conference materials that have been retracted since the 1970s.

Can Your Car Have Too Many Bumper Stickers?

The van driven by the recent pipe bombing suspect was literally covered from top to bottom with right-wing stickers. But, for the average law-abiding citizen, how many bumper stickers is too many?

50 Years After '2001: A Space Odyssey,' How Close Are We to HAL 9000?

Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece '2001: A Space Odyssey' premiered 50 years ago, and it got a lot of things right. But what about HAL? How close are we to those kinds of capabilities?

3 Views of 'Little Women' on Film

This classic is celebrating its 150th anniversary of publication this year. With new adaptations coming out, we look at how other movie versions of "Little Women" were tweaked to fit the times.

10 Mob Movies Inspired by True Events

The mob genre is one of the most popular of all film genres on the big screen. But not all are make-believe. Some of the best mob movies come straight out of real life, including the new 'White Boy Rick.'

10 Famous Guitars

Guitar gods like Les Paul are known for playing the same instrument throughout their career. Here we feature 10 famous guitars and the musicians who loved them.

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