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Animals in Outer Space

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Iran’s space program is planning to send a cat into space, but the Persian pet certainly won’t be the first to make such a trip: rabbits, frogs, and guinea pigs are just a few animals that have set a precedent for non-human astronauts. (Meanwhile, China is planning to launch its first space station.)

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A truly impressive collection—of guitars, cassette tapes, padlocks, whatever—is more than the sum of its parts, as this photo series proves.

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The mother on How I Met Your Mother has finally appeared, and she’s certainly a step up from Ted Mosby’s ex-girlfriends.

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At the close of this year's Banned Books Week, here are some suggestions for the kinds of books that should be banned instead.

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Kurt Cobain’s childhood home in Aberdeen, Washington is on the market, complete with the late Nirvana frontman’s mattress and the names of Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden etched into the walls of his teenage bedroom.

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There's no shame in baking a cake that’s all for you. With recipes for lime coconut, chocolate orange, apple cinnamon cakes, and more, there's a microwave mug cake for everyone. If pancakes are more your style, there’s help for you, too.

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Sorry you didn't win a MacArthur "genius grant" this year. Photographer Carrie Mae Weems did, though, for producing work that “investigates family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class, and various political systems.”

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You probably didn’t make the 2013 International Best-Dressed List either, but that’s okay.

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The Last Solar Eclipse
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The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

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Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

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Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

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This Infant's Size Confirms a Concern Doctors Have Had for Years: Large babies as well as small babies can be an indication of problems ahead.

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18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

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The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

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Technology Could Make Us Immortal. (But there will be consequences.)

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6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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