The Best Fictional Heroes of 2017

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© 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.

Climate Change Is Coming for America’s National Parks

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Climate Change Is Coming for America’s National Parks. Imagine Glacier National Park without a glacier.

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The Chimp Who Believed She Was Human. After being raised in a human home, it took years for Lucy to learn to be an ape again.

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The Mathematical Madness of Möbius Strips and Other One-Sided Objects. A look at the history of the mind-bending field of topology

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These 1930s Housewives Were the Godmothers of Radical Consumer Activism. They protested rising food prices with the Hamtramck Meat Strike.

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Disneyland’s Fantasyland Recreated in Incredible Detail in a Basement. A railroad engineer hand-crafted his own theme park over ten years.

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The Princess Who Worked at Macy’s. The Queen of Romania also built furniture, raised poultry, and enjoyed off-roading.

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America is on the Verge of a Nursing Crisis. Our nursing schools don't have the capacity to supply our current needs, much less our future needs.

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15 Amazing Animal Reunions. It's good to know that pets lost for years might find their way home.

Why Can We Hear Others' Footsteps, But Not Our Own?

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Why Can We Hear Others' Footsteps, But Not Our Own? Brain experiments shed light on our personal filters.

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Stilt Fishing in Sri Lanka. Homemade stilts driven into the sand make for a grueling yet productive haul.

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11 Horror Movies it's Safe to Watch With Your Kids. They don't cross the line from scary to traumatizing, but you'll still want to check the details.

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Tracing the Mysterious “Turks” of South Carolina Back to the Revolutionary War. Hundreds of descendants of Joseph Benenhaley still live in Sumter County.

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The Dad-Joke Doctrine. Clean and simple jokes are embarrassing, comforting, and they bond generations together.

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A Dog With Cancer Got a New, 3D-Printed Titanium Skull. Patches is a pioneer for what might some day be available for human patients.

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The Wardrobe Team at Saturday Night Live Works With No Margin for Error. Costume changes have been done in as little as 10 seconds.

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The 19th Century Manual That Claimed the Color Blue Could Cure All Ills. Augustus J. Pleasanton was responsible for the "blue glass craze."

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