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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 Real Gold Rush Wealth
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The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

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An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

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The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

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Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

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The Last Solar Eclipse
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The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

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Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

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Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

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This Infant's Size Confirms a Concern Doctors Have Had for Years: Large babies as well as small babies can be an indication of problems ahead.

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18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

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The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

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Technology Could Make Us Immortal. (But there will be consequences.)

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6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

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