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The Best Fictional Heroes of 2017

© Ray Burmiston / BBC AMERICA
© Ray Burmiston / BBC AMERICA

Here Are the Best Fictional Heroes of 2017. You might notice that they all have one thing in common, and how they are different from heroes of the past.

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Six Volcanoes That Volcanologists Are Watching in 2018. Over 100 volcanoes are active, and there are always a few threatening to erupt.

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Style Inspired by The Queen of Mars. Art Deco meets science fiction in 1920s Hollywood.

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The People’s History of Tatooine. A serious discussion about the socioeconomic conditions on the Star Wars desert planet.

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How Accurate are Emojis to the Real-World Animals They Are Supposed to Represent? National Geographic obtained some opinions from scientists who study animals.

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When Whimsical Anti-Theft Tea Caddies Protected the World's Most Precious Leaf. These containers are now a rare link to the history of the global tea trade.

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7 Things Health Experts Said Were Good For You in 2017. And then there were the things experts said were bad for you.

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Trepanation: The History of One of the World's Oldest Surgeries. We needed that like we needed a hole in the head.

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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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What If Earth Rotated in the Other Direction?
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Reversing Earth’s Spin Moves Deserts, Reshapes Ocean Currents. Everything would be different if our planet rotated in the other direction.

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NFL Player Wade Davis Talks Masculinity and Pro Sports. "We must create the conditions for all individuals to feel comfortable taking the risk to be themselves."

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This Old Soviet Airport Car Was Probably The Biggest Sedan In The World. It was equipped for two drivers, one to go forward and the other in reverse.

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The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages. In the last 60 years, 230 human languages went extinct.

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The Netflix documentary Mercury 13 tells of the women who passed NASA's astronaut screening in 1961. Only their gender kept them earthbound and out of history books.

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The Desert Architecture School Where Students Build Their Own Sleeping Quarters. The School of Architecture at Taliesin (SOAT) takes experimental living spaces seriously.

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I Gave Birth and I Didn't Even Get a Good Story Out of it. A normal birth is miraculous and transformative, but it's too common for anyone outside the family to listen to.

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10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement. They make sense once you know the stories behind them.

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