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The 2017 Peach Shortage

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The South Faces a Summer With Fewer Peaches. Freezing weather after the trees bloomed mean crops will be sparse this year.   
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Fly over Jupiter with NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The giant planet gets more interesting as you get closer to it.
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Crayola's new color was inspired by a new pigment, YInMn blue, discovered at Oregon State University. Crayola is looking for a color name that will be a little easier for those who use crayons, so they are running a contest to name it.
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The Little Old Lady Who Terrorized New York's Famed Plaza Hotel. Fannie Lowenstein moved into a rent-controlled room in 1958 and stayed for 35 years.
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Inside the Cut-Throat World of Toddler Bike Racing. For some, it's the beginning of a lifetime of competitiveness, while others just like to ride.
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Watching Lightning Strike a Building in Super Slow Motion Is Freaky. See electricity falling from the sky like rain.  
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How quaint 18th-century 'spell-fights' evolved into the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Every year the words get more difficult, and the fans love it.
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15 Hilariously Effective Baits Used by Fishermen. Anecdotal evidence that fish will eat anything.

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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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