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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 Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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An ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding
BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images
BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images

This ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding is So Dumb—But So Very Enjoyable. As if it were like everyone else's wedding.

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A Lonely Avocado Searches for His Other Half in The Pits. This sweet short film, written by David Bizzaro, has been selected for more than 30 film festivals so far.

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We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets. These are exoplanets that are tidally locked to their star, and carry a thin habitable zone in a ring shape.

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Vulture Ranks Every Star Wars Movie. Ten mini-reviews to justify the rankings include Solo without giving away too much.

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Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith. His part would have been too silly to believe.

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Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World. The diverse biology is a bigger treasure than the lost city that lured explorers there in the first place.

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Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog. He knew every train and its schedule, and how to get where he wanted to go.

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The Great Fertility Reversion. America's plummeting birth rate might not be as dire as it seems.

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