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The Fermi Paradox: Are We Alone in the Universe? With all those planets out there, you would expect that we would find intelligent life somewhere.

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The Hidden Rules of the Puritan Fashion Police. Any time fashions changed, new laws were put in place to forbid them.

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Caterpillar Tracks. The story of how we got modern tanks, tractors, and heavy equipment.

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Pitch Perfect: A History of Vocal Groups. Yes, there are videos.

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The Strange, High-Pressure Work of Presidential Interpreters. They are expected to not only be highly skilled at languages, but also intuitive, trustworthy, dedicated, and knowledgeable in other areas.

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The Massive Volcano That Scientists Can't Find. There are conflicting clues, so no one knows for sure what happened in 1465.

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Food Courts Are Out; Food Halls Are In. Yes, they are different.

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11 Monuments to Cats. They all deserve to be remembered.

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Solo Marks Star Wars's Return to Sleaze
Jonathan Olley, Lucasfilm Ltd
Jonathan Olley, Lucasfilm Ltd

Solo Marks Star Wars's Return to Sleaze. Without lightsabers, the Force, or the fate of planets in the balance, we get a look at the seedy side of a galaxy far, far away.

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Ways Airlines Purposely Make Flying Miserable. They make more money from calculated misery.

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Why Are Our Brains So Big, Anyway? A new study points to what we needed to think about the most.

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Seventy-Five Years Ago, Women Baseball Players Took the Field. The short-lived All-American Girls Professional Baseball League proved women could play, but it was far from equitable.

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If There Were a Kind of a Fireman's Pole from the Moon Down to the Earth, How Long Would it Take to Slide All the Way from the Moon to the Earth? Randall Munroe ponders this adventure in excruciating detail. 

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Remembering the ‘Saurian Monster’ That Terrorized 1880s New Zealand. In a nation that has few predators of any size, the attacks caused a sensation.

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Camels Can Eat Long-Needled Cactus. They've adapted to a desert diet, but watching it might make you feel nervous.

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Steven Spielberg's Original Plan for Jaws 2. His idea would still make a good movie.

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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
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Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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