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How Clay Turns into Gems under Pressure

Geologist Dr. James Clark recounts visiting the Soviet Union a few years after Communism dissolved. He was asked to preach at a small Russian Baptist ...

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Stats on Waiting—Where, Who, How Long?

One urban legend holds that we spend three years of our life waiting. It's a great stat, but likely untrue. But here are some real stats about waiting. ...

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Birds that Need a Storm to Soar

The albatross, a majestic seabird with the longest wingspan of any bird, spends eighteen months at sea, touching down only on water, losing their ability ...

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Bridge Collapses Due to Weak Structure

In 2007, the I-35 bridge that crosses the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapsed suddenly during rush hour, killing 13 people and injuring ...

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Closed vs. Open Mind-Sets

Researcher Carol Dweck did a series of studies on how people handle adversity, particularly when they face limitations, obstacles, failure, and change. ...

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John Stott's Last Words of Advice

Dr. John Stott's last bit of advice to his assistant before he died in 2011 was simply this: "Do the hard thing." Stott believed that choosing the easy ...

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Life Is Like Hitting a Knuckleball

Everything about baseball is predicated on precision and predictability. A .260 hitter might have a good or bad year, but eventually he will revert to ...

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Naval Ships Test the 'Integrity of the Hull'

Naval officers often refer to the "integrity of the hull." When a submarine comes out of dry dock, the first exercise is called a "sea trial," which takes ...

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Researchers Urge Us to Accept 'Good Stress'

New research is revealing that a certain kind of stress is good for us. Kelly McGonigal, a researcher at Stanford University, argues that challenges and ...

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Nelson Mandela Was Ready to Suffer for His Convictions

In 1964 Nelson Mandela began his prison sentence at Rodden Island, the former site of a leper colony and the insane. For the next 27 years, Mandela would ...

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