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Weekend Links: Comet Pan-STARRS Lights the Night

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These time-lapse videos of the comet Pan-STARRS allow us terrestrial beings too busy to observe the night sky a chance to relive and appreciate one of the first great astronomical wonders of 2013. You’ll still have an opportunity to catch it in person: the comet will continue to shine on, though dimming gradually in brightness, through the end of March.

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National Geographic is celebrating their 125th anniversary by releasing a series of images from their archives in a curated collection called FOUND, “showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past.”

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Cats through the ages: a new collection called Puss in Books proves that our love of cat pictures predated the internet, with images of the furry little balls of cute appearing on Egyptian tomb walls and the pages of medieval religious texts.

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YouTube science vlogger Vsauce explores the burning question of “What’s the most dangerous place on Earth?” At 2:39, you can find out what would happen if you fell into a volcano full of molten lava, and why it’s even more terrifying than you would expect.

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A Reddit post asking users to submit “the happiest facts you know” resulted in this uplifting list of information about exactly the subjects you’d expect: love, laughter, and baby animals.

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Jay-Z has officially been named the executive producer of, and original music contributor to, the soundtrack for Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

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This infographic provides a brief history of video game driving, from Gran Tak, the first car-based racing game released in 1974 to the upcoming fifth installment of the ever-popular and morally controversial Grand Theft Auto series. Drive safe.

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Breaking science news: CERN says it was the Higgs boson!

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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
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Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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An ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding
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BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images

This ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding is So Dumb—But So Very Enjoyable. As if it were like everyone else's wedding.

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A Lonely Avocado Searches for His Other Half in The Pits. This sweet short film, written by David Bizzaro, has been selected for more than 30 film festivals so far.

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We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets. These are exoplanets that are tidally locked to their star, and carry a thin habitable zone in a ring shape.

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Vulture Ranks Every Star Wars Movie. Ten mini-reviews to justify the rankings include Solo without giving away too much.

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Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith. His part would have been too silly to believe.

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Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World. The diverse biology is a bigger treasure than the lost city that lured explorers there in the first place.

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Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog. He knew every train and its schedule, and how to get where he wanted to go.

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The Great Fertility Reversion. America's plummeting birth rate might not be as dire as it seems.

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