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The Other Blue Planet

NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)
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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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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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