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A Fiery Dance on the Sun

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Watch this amazing video of a solar flare. It is 180,000 degrees Fahrenheit and just the flare is many times larger than our entire earth.
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Academy Award nominees will go home with a gift bag worth $45,000 even if they don't win an Oscar. But some of the weird stuff in those bags will make you scratch your head.
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The 1963 book A Cat-Haters Handbook contains quotes about how awful cats are. But the overall effect will make you want to get another cat.
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The Russian military marches to a song we all know and love. Are ya ready, kids? Ooooh…  
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Bird And Rat Infestations Raise Disease and Climate Change Concerns. Mother Nature is starting to resemble a horror film.  
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An Illustrated Guide to Recognizing Insane People from 1883. That was back when developmental disabilities and mental illness were equivalent and you could diagnose people by looking at them.
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Omission, Insanity, and Half-Truths: Unreliable Narrators In Literature. It's a plot device that keeps you wondering what to believe as you turn the pages.  
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5 historical Oscar controversies you probably didn't know about. If something this exciting happens Sunday night, people might start watching the awards ceremonies again.  

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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Where Did That Tuna Come From?
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Why You Should Care About Where Your Tuna Comes From. Pollutants are not the same across the globe.

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A Demonstration of How Water Acts in Space. Watch an astronaut blow fruit punch like bubble gum.

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I Wore A Mars Space Suit And It Was Exhausting. Living in an inhospitable atmosphere will be no walk in the park.

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John Ballou Newbrough's Orphan Utopia. His new Faithist religion was dictated by angels in the 1880s.

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How to Spot a Fake Viral Video. Begin with the idea that not every recording is true to life.

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The Bloody, Exhilarating Bonnie and Clyde Broke Taboos When it Hit Screens 50 Years Ago. It was historical fiction, yet resonated with the counterculture.

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The Game of Thrones Characters Need to Hang Out More. Battles and special effects are nice, but dialogue is where the show really shines.

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How WWII Saved The Great Gatsby From Obscurity. It took almost 20 years for the book to become a hit.

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