Bet you'll enjoy at least one or two of these stories of unique academic research told in "Journeys of Discovery" (Washington Post). You can read about law professor James E. Starrs who looks at old bones to dig up answers to such questions as "whether famous explorer Meriwether Lewis actually committed suicide -- or was murdered." Read the Starrs story.
John Conkling teaches a class in pyrotechics.
Click for Conkling's story.