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How Animals are Excavated at the La Brea Tar Pits

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Excavating 101 at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. See how paleontologists get those animals out of the ancient asphalt.

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Solving the Mystery of Lyme Disease. When a shocking number of children in one town developed rheumatoid arthritis, doctors and public health officials teamed up to find its cause.

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Horse Feathers: the Marx Brothers at Their Best. The 1932 film is better than its reputation.

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A Child Interviews Her Cat. Any cat owner can relate to the absolute accuracy of the cat's responses.

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10 Reasons Why We Already Know Rey Is a Skywalker. This speculation is derived from clues in The Force Awakens, and contains no spoilers for The last Jedi.

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The Netflix Movie A Christmas Prince is a Hit for All the Wrong Reasons. It might even be worth borrowing a Netflix password.

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Imagining the Jellyfish Apocalypse. As the ocean's ecosystems collapse, they are poised to take over.

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What Was FDR Doing On the "Date Which Will Live in Infamy"? Read how the president took the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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A Lemon Rolled for a Quarter Mile Down a Street
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A Lemon Rolled for a Quarter Mile Down a Street. And since the evidence is on video, many, many unproductive hours have been spent watching it.

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A Man Grew the World's Longest Fingernails Out of Spite. After 66 years, Shridhar Chillal finally got his 30 feet of nails cut.

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NASA-Designed Heat Shields Could Save Firefighters' Lives. Teams are carrying 40 prototypes as they battle wildfires in the American West.

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The Most Important Video Game on the Planet. Fortnite is so popular that its culture is spilling out into the real world.

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The Futuristic Skyscrapers of 1923 Were Supposed to Solve Traffic Problems. Like many people, those architects assumed we would soon have flying cars.

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Want to Become an Astronaut? There's an app for that.

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10 Nutty Proposals to Save the Planet. Some could eventually lead to plausible ideas.

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12 Theme Parks Where the Danger is Real
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12 Theme Parks Where the Danger is Real. Thank goodness the parks themselves are fictional.

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Green Ball Adventure, a Sprice Machines Chain Reaction. Watch a charming combination of colorful levers, pulleys, dominos, and spring action, all powered by gravity.

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Lede-Buried Voicemails From Your Mom. Everyone has examples of parental communication gone wrong.

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How to Start Knitting (and Learn to Love It). Seek the enjoyment first, and the skill will come in time.

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The Oldest Color Produced by Living Things Is 1.1 Billion Years Old. The ancient cyanobacteria chlorophyll is strangely pink.

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Before Björk, There Was the Last Incan Princess. Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac had a six-octave range, but it was her exoticism that made her famous.

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Everyone’s Favorite Houseplant Only Wants to Die. Your pothos has lost the genes necessary for sexual reproduction, but is doomed to live as clones in millions of apartments.

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Dime After Dime: A Gripping History of Claw Machines. They've been irresistible for almost 200 years.

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