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The Other Blue Planet

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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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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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