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How Hot Is It?

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In Palm Springs, it's so hot that birds are falling from the sky. One young bird was taken to shade for an emergency revival, recorded in photographs.
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The 40 Best Signs From The "Restore The Fourth" Rallies. People across the country turned out to protest against the NSA's surveillance tactics.
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White Actors’ Most Egregious Portrayals of People of Color. Ten movies, with video evidence, that would have been improved greatly by a bit of typecasting.
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Why do some folks refuse to use an e-reader? One author thinks it has to do with their childhoods.
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Six different Christian denominations claim footage in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The only way to keep peace among them is to employ impartial Muslims as moderators.
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Star Wars or Star Trek: Which Has The Worst Pop Songs? They're all pretty bad, but hey, people never sang about Space 1999.
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Breaking Bad beer, Downton Abbey wine, and 5 other pop-culture alcohols. Each has a built-in customer base at home, watching TV, and looking for refreshment.
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Hadacol, the Last of the Medicine Shows. It didn't cure cancer, but at 24 proof, it made everyone feel better.

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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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