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Weekend Links: A Robot’s-Eye View of Mars

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover took a selfie on Mars.

With this handy GIF guide to Michael Jackson’s most famous dance move, you too can Moonwalk.

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In this literary map of the United States, the Northeast is Longfellow, Salinger, Emerson, and Poe; Cormac McCarthy dominates Texas, with O. Henry at a respectable second place; and Herman Melville, unsurprisingly, occupies the sea.

Foreign movie posters, like these 15 advertisements for classic Oscar winners, can sometimes help reveal how different cultures perceive American cinema. Other times, they’re just downright weird.

The graphic design and typography nerds out there will appreciate this look at great and not-so-great subway logos from around the world. While some do effectively convey the speed and ease of rail travel, others look better suited to airlines or Power Rangers.

These 10 actors should’ve fired their accent coaches.

What films have the current and former presidents screened in the White House movie theatre? Lots of war movies, cowboy movies, Naked Gun, and Field of Dreams, for starters.

Dumbphone, flexitarian, appletini, and tweetable are just a few of the words newly admitted to Oxford Dictionaries Online.

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The Real Gold Rush Wealth
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The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

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An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

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The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

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Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

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The Last Solar Eclipse
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The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

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Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

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Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

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This Infant's Size Confirms a Concern Doctors Have Had for Years: Large babies as well as small babies can be an indication of problems ahead.

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18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

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The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

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Technology Could Make Us Immortal. (But there will be consequences.)

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6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

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