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Science Fiction Exposition

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How Star Wars Killed Smart Sci-Fi Cinema. No longer is the audience assumed to be smart enough to figure it out on their own.
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He bought a used book on Amazon for $3.50, and found the author's autograph inside. The inscription by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may be worth $2,500.  
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The dying language called Ayapaneco is only spoken by two people in the world. And they aren't speaking to each other.
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The West Fertilizer plant that exploded last Wednesday was "willfully off the grid." The factory held 270 tons of unreported ammonium nitrate, when any amount over 400 pounds is required to be registered with the Department of Homeland Security.  
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Will Ferrell & Jack Black are making a movie about grown men who play tag. And it's based on a true story.
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The Lost Boys Give Back. After fleeing Sudan for American and other countries, many refugees are helping their homeland to recover from decades of war and poverty.
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The 25 Defining Images from Boston's long week. I would add one more.
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A woman talks about the family of the Boston bombers from the perspective of a longtime beauty client. She describes how the mother became more radical over time, which may provide a clue to the sons' behavior.
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10 smart reads on the Boston Marathon bombing. Different perspectives that dig into more than just facts help us place the events into a bigger picture.  

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A Sports Car is Born
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A Sports Car is Born. The story of that car you wanted as a kid, but thought twice about as an adult.

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The Quiet War Against Ownership. Manufacturers want to maintain control over the products they sell you.

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No One Will Bet Against Science on August 21. Even those who deny climate change will be headed to the solar eclipse totality zone.

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A Brief Tour of European Wedding Cake Traditions. You might want to use one to make your wedding more memorable.

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How the Internet Changed the Meaning of ‘Mamihlapinatapai.’ It perfectly summed up an incident we all know, but now is used to describe online behavior.

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Scientists Discovered a Trove of Volcanoes Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet. It might be the densest area of volcanoes in the world.

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The Science of Suffering. Research indicates that trauma can affect your descendants for generations.

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10 Snack Foods Originally Sold as Medicines. While they didn't cure anything, they turned out to be pretty tasty.

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2017 College Football Preview
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Here's Your Crash Course on College Football for 2017. Catch up on everything you should know before the first kickoff.

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The Teenager Who Stole Queen Victoria’s Panties. Edward Jones made a reputation for himself by sneaking into the Royal Palace.

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The Stories Behind TV Production Company Closing Logos. The few seconds of video has no purpose other than to serve as a signature.

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High: 35 Years Later. Writer Cameron Crowe and director Amy Heckerling reminisce about the film that launched a dozen careers.

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Adam Ellis is coming to the realization that his apartment building is haunted. Even his cats know someone is there at midnight.

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The Surprising Origins of Kotex Pads. No one wanted to manufacture a product that couldn't be advertised.

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5 Perfect Accessories for Viewing the Solar Eclipse. And you have just enough time to have them delivered.

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This Super-Sweet Watermelon Has a Deadly History. Thieves risked their lives to steal Bradford watermelons in the 19th century.

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