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The Speediest Spaceships

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In the race between sci-fi spaceships, the TARDIS, the Heart of Gold, and Galactica take top prizes for speed. The real-life Voyager 1 space probe has nothing on warp drive.

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In 1983, Queen Elizabeth's advisors drew up a speech for her to read in case of nuclear war. In it, she urges her subjects to "help those who cannot help themselves, give comfort to the lonely and the homeless and let your family become the focus of hope and life to those who need it." Not so pithy but much more poignant than "Keep calm and carry on," no?

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Someone has finally designed a better travel pillow. The Nap Anywhere is more comfortable and more portable than the traditional U-shaped neck pillow, but unfortunately, it doesn't look any less dorky.

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Madonna's never really been a fan of wearing pants, has she?

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These pictures of famous authors in their young adult years, presented without comment, each tell a story all on their own.

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The winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have been announced, and they're predictably stunning.

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How much caffeine is actually in your cup of coffee?

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Ellen DeGeneres will host the 2014 Oscars ceremony.

 

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Every Christmas Horror Movie, Ranked. There are 79 to choose from, with critiques.

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Academic Publishing is Headed for a Day of Reckoning. When you must pay to publish and then pay to read, how can we afford to learn science?

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12 Bizarre Inspirations Behind Star Wars Movie Characters. The creators have been asked time and time again where they got their ideas, and the answers range from goofy (literally) to sublime.

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The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone. It's become an arms race for unnecessary job credentials.

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2017 is the Year that Computers Became Phones. The way people use technology is driving the design of the modern desktop and laptop.

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15 Things You Might Not Know About Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. The mathematical sketch was a personal note that became one of the artist's most famous works.

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10 Holiday Controversies. What were once personal choices are now public arguments about how it should be done.

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How Zarafa, France’s First Giraffe, Became a Cultural Sensation. Artists across the country wanted to draw or paint her.

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The 6 Big Superhero Movies Of 2017, Ranked From Worst To Best. It's hard to disagree with such a short list, but some fans will.

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When They Tried to Collect on a Nonexistent Debt, This Man Fought Back. Andrew Therrien took the harassment personally, and set out to find out who was behind it.

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Competitive creative dog grooming is an activity that makes dogs into an art medium. The documentary short Well Groomed follows two creative dog groomers through the biggest such contest at Groom Expo.

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Ada Blackjack, the Forgotten Sole Survivor of an Odd Arctic Expedition. She didn't know how to shoot or trap, but she had to make it back to her young son.

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The American Savings Crisis, Explained. Even if we could build savings in this economy, it wouldn't be worth the effort.

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12 Heroic U.S. Military Chaplains. They didn't want to kill, but served by their own sacrifice.

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