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Its 1980 eruption caused widespread destruction. Now, the area around Mount St. Helens is flourishing again.
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In fitting with this week's rugby theme, check out the fascinating story of this 6'3", 225 lb. rugby superstar - who also happens to be the only openly gay male athlete.
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Here's undeniable proof that necessity is not always the mother of invention.
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Can you imagine a day when sex isn't the most common path to procreation? These scientists think we're shockingly close to that point.
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It's been more than 20 years since we last saw everyone's favorite wisecracking reporter on the silver screen. This article explains why.
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Chris has all kinds of problems—and he's not shy about letting people know about them. The only thing is that Chris isn't real. He's just a character in one person's big, experimental art project.
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Why work all day when you can be playing Super Mario Bros, Pac-Man, Centipede and other classic video games online?
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And if you head out to the ballpark this summer, be on the lookout for these famous baseball stadium vendors.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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