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The Real Rules of Monopoly

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Since the rules of Monopoly were very much instilled in all of us through a generational word-of-mouth, few people know the board game was intended to play at a much faster rate—or perhaps you already knew about the unpurchased property auction?

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Composer John Williams is slated to compose the score for Star Wars: Episode VII. Now, let's just get production going before Disney gets any ideas.

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Self-proclaimed "information artist" Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates 3D printer artwork with the help of a bio lab that sequences results from DNA samples. “I feed this information into a custom computer program I wrote which takes all these values which code for physical genetic traits and parameterizes a 3D model of a face to represent them.”

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The things man can learn from the anglerfish, the lynx spider and other species -- in particular with mating habits.

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Ed Shaughnessy, Doc Severinsen's drummer on The Tonight Show for more than 30 years, passed away on Friday at his home in Calabasas, California. He was 84.

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After three years of social media fanfare and hyperbole, the Internet got the Arrested Development resurrection it asked for. And it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Here's why.

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Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" after the Boston bombing, Liza Minnelli singing "New York, New York" after 9/11, and four more heartstring-pulling moments in MLB history.

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Discovery's Science Channel has launched a live cicada cam, showing the insects swarming all over a miniature White House and depicting the apocalypse that we all fear is right around the corner.

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How to have a cookout in Gaza: A photo essay that shows how recycling experts turn scrap wood into charcoal for barbecue grills and local restaurants.

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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) just released its 2013 Better Life Index, ranking each nation's happiness by judging categories from safety to health and education to environment.

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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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