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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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How Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Inspired a Scientific Revolution
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How Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Inspired a Scientific Revolution. The story of the discovery of green fluorescent protein.

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Ranking America’s Top 10 Chain Restaurants. When you're on the road for the holidays, you'll know what to expect for dinner.

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How Hoarding Works. It's not just a habit or a hobby, but a serious mental illness.

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Meet the Most Toxic Plant in North America. Whatever you do, do not eat the spotted water hemlock.

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Why Millennials are Facing the Scariest Financial Future of Any Generation Since the Great Depression. Being born in the wrong year has consequences that last a lifetime.

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How Titanic’s Iconic Necklace Almost Sank an Entire Company. The J. Peterman Company was the only officially licensed producer of the Heart of the Ocean.

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Star Wars and the Unfortunate Ubiquity of the Final Climactic Explosion. It's happened several times already; let's see something different.

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13 Weird and Wonderful Gingerbread Houses. You can make anything from imagination and royal icing.

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5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa
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5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa This Holiday Season. Your children will never forget the experience.

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Dr. No: The First James Bond Movie. Peruse some trivia behind the film that started it all in 1962.

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We Should Teach Basic Lifesaving Skills to Everyone. Even kids can develop the skills to be a hero when they are needed.

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The Rise and Fall and Rise of South Africa’s Ostrich King. Lithuanian entrepreneur Max Rose raised his own birds to decorate European ladies' hats.

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In 1932, Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner and His Wife Rachel of Kiel, Germany, Placed Their Hanukkah Menorah in a Window Facing the Nazi Party Headquarters Across the Street. The family still uses that menorah.

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The Doomsday Diet. Cold War bunkers were stocked for survival, not gourmet dining.

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38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent. If we could pronounce them, we would adopt them.

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