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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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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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