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The Way The Wind Blows

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Whatever its more practical uses might be, this moving map of wind patterns across the country is a calming and somehow poetic visualization of the very air around us.

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Two more notable maps this week mark the location of all 17,000+ libraries in America, which altogether serve 96.4% of the population, and all 35,000 museums, “zoos, arboretums, historical societies, art galleries, aquariums and just about anything trying to teach people about a collection of…something.”

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Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Tony Awards with aplomb, and while his closing rap (lyrics written about the show, during the show) wasn’t quite up to Jay-Z standards, it was an endearing attempt all the same.

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John Oliver is attempting a coup of The Daily Show in Jon Stewart’s absence, and he’s promised to change everything he can get his English tea-drinking hands on.

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@HillaryClinton joined Twitter this week, and she’s already fast approaching half a million followers with only two tweets and a truly excellent bio under her belt.

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On the other end of the political spectrum, according to the most recent Gallup poll, former President George W. Bush is back in America's good graces.

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Twenty years of research since the release of Jurassic Park has uncovered a lot of what the movie got wrong.

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Thanks to a massive decrease in the circulation of small-denomination coins, India is experiencing a severe shortage of small change. Shopkeepers are making up for the difference by filling their cash registers with cough drops.

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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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An ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding
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BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images

This ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding is So Dumb—But So Very Enjoyable. As if it were like everyone else's wedding.

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A Lonely Avocado Searches for His Other Half in The Pits. This sweet short film, written by David Bizzaro, has been selected for more than 30 film festivals so far.

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We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets. These are exoplanets that are tidally locked to their star, and carry a thin habitable zone in a ring shape.

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Vulture Ranks Every Star Wars Movie. Ten mini-reviews to justify the rankings include Solo without giving away too much.

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Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith. His part would have been too silly to believe.

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Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World. The diverse biology is a bigger treasure than the lost city that lured explorers there in the first place.

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Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog. He knew every train and its schedule, and how to get where he wanted to go.

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The Great Fertility Reversion. America's plummeting birth rate might not be as dire as it seems.

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