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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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How A Wrinkle in Time Inspired Female Scientists
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True Stories of How A Wrinkle in Time Inspired Female Scientists. The right book at the right time can change the world.

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How a Pile of Unpaid Bills Led to Washington, D.C. The new city was to be a haven from angry creditors.

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At the NBA All-Star Game, Fergie Performed "The Star Spangled Banner" as a Sultry Torch Song. The response was not so much outrage as it was laughter.

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Hawai‘i’s Last Outlaw Hippies. They've been squatting in the Kalalau Valley for 50 years, but that's coming to an end.

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The Insect That Painted Europe Red. When Conquistadors brought cochineal insects back from the Aztec empire, the color they produced made Spanish dyers rich.

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A New Model Predicts That the 'Ideal' Mammal Is 2.5 Times Bigger Than an Elephant. That model assumes adequate resources from an abundant Earth.

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New York’s Oldest Dim Sum Restaurant and the Secrets of Chinatown. Take a tour of Doyers Street, also known as Bloody Angle.

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15 of History's Greatest Mad Scientists. How being downright insane can lead to thinking outside the box.

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5 Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors
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Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors. Our genes are largely the result of travel and intermingling.

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The Top 10 National Parks You've Probably Never Heard Of. One of them may be closer to you than you thought.

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The Well-Dressed Suffragist. If you're going to protest, you'll need to buy a charming new hat.

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The Presidential Portrait That Was the “Ugliest Thing” LBJ Ever Saw. (The artist did not take that comment kindly.)

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In the game Robot Mind Meld, the object is to come up with the same word as a robot in as few steps as possible. Keep in mind that the robot is not as intuitive as you are.

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The Father Of Artistic Figure Skating. It was all about making a perfect figure 8 on the ice until Jackson Haines came along.

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Amazon's Big Gamble on Grocery Delivery. What impact could a giant competitor have on existing businesses?

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President John Tyler's Grandsons Are Still Alive. Tyler took office in 1841, and eventually had 15 children.

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