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The Other Blue Planet

NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)
NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

All About HD 189733b, That Other Blue Planet. It's as big as Jupiter, hotter than your oven, and the atmosphere rains glass.
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Three chihuahuas were abandoned in Los Angeles and were found frightened, skinny, and dirty. Watch them eat up the affection they were given during and after their rescue.
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Get a look inside Inside William Shakespeare's Star Wars. The author loves both the worlds he melded together.
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The 50 Essential Movie Musicals. No mention of Grease or Hair, but those shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence anyway.
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Karen Cheng decided she would learn to dance. A year of practice really paid off, as you can see in a video that chronicles her progress.
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Backyard Chickens Abandoned After Owners Lose Interest. Hipsters are taking them to animal shelters instead of having them for Sunday dinner.
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This American Life will air its 500th episode this weekend. To mark the occasion, Ira Glass talks about his favorite episodes.
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The Forbidden Island. Don't go near the Sentinelese; they cherish their privacy to the point of killing for it.
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29,000 inmates in California are on hunger strike. Community and political organizers could learn a thing or two from that kind of solidarity.
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The Scientists Behind the Movies. The most outlandish plots were inspired by real research, which might make you enjoy the films more.

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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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