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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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Warner Home Video
25 Unsung Christmas Icons
Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video

25 Unsung Christmas Icons. You know them, from Yukon Cornelius to Cousin Eddie.

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The Christmas Bird Count. The hundred-year-old tradition is yielding useful information about how our world is changing.

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The Billionaire Who Refused to Pay Kidnappers to Save His Grandson's Life. The true story behind the movie All the Money in the World.

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19 Weird Ways Christmas Was Totally Different 100 Years Ago. Only the best traditions stand the test of time.

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Why Your Brain Has Trouble Bailing Out Of a Bad Plan. Dialing it back takes too many steps.

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Christmas Time Means Sneaky Cats Getting Stuck in Trees. And they're not the least bit sorry about it.

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15 High-Flying Facts About Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The story set in the 19th century brought martial arts movies into the 21st century.

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Every Christmas Horror Movie, Ranked
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
Oscilloscope Laboratories

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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