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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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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain
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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain. Check out 25 subtle tricks that make you spend more.

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Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border. A list of resources and organizations that need your skills, time, or money.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Solstice. While the days will only get shorter from here, temperatures will still go up.

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The Forgotten Chefs Who Made Chili Con Carne a Tex-Mex Standard. Women running their own businesses gave us an entirely new cuisine.

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You Would Never Expect Killer Whales to Appear Here. Arctic Ocean prey that once fed polar bears is fair game for orcas.

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Brooklyn's Defunct Domino Sugar Plant Opens as Domino Park. Pictures show how an old factory can become a community park and still retain its history.

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First Impressions. Tom Comitta took the first sentence from 268 New Yorker short stories, sorted them, and combined them into one surprisingly cohesive tale.

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The Original Locations of 15 Famous Chain Stores. There might be one near you!

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How Volcanoes Work
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How Volcanoes Work. The U.S. has 169 "potentially active" volcanoes, but they're not all alike.

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The Internet is Learning an Important Lesson About Service Dogs. We know you're not supposed to pet them without permission, but what if one approaches you?

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That Time the U.S. Postal Service Tried Delivering Mail By Missile. It saved neither time nor money, but that wasn't the point.

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Why You Should Slack Off to Get Some Work Done. The world's most productive scientists and engineers worked only 10 to 20 hours a week.

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Postcards From the Honeymoon Capital Of The World. For many couples, the Poconos was where the Baby Boom began.

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The Dark Side of ‘Service With a Smile.’ Putting on a happy face when you're not feeling it can lead to mental and physical problems.

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A Horror Story About a Shower Curtain. Or it could be a comedy; either way, it needs to be filmed.

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What's the Difference Between a Broadway and an Off-Broadway Show? It's more than just the street address of the theater.

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