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Space, Visualized

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How Big Is It?

Any time I try to visualize the fact that space goes on forever, my brain immediately shuts down and decides instead to start thinking about cartoons or snacks or pretty much anything else. I’m no genius. Luckily, this video does a fantastic job of conveying important information about our galaxy in a very digestible way.

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DIY: Electric Bike

It won’t look nearly as cool, but it also won’t cost nearly as much.

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For Real

Yup, these old-timey photos are totally real, even if your brain doesn’t want to believe it.

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One Crazy Couch Bit

I know that a lot of people think The Simpsons might be past its prime, and I would probably agree. But this opening sequence created by Guillermo Del Toro is really twisted and super epic.

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Waiting For the Wedding

Stephen Colbert swooped in to help a couple whose wedding was ruined by the government shutdown. Here are some other odd reasons that couples had to delay saying “I do”. As a wise man once said: “Love is a mysterious fig.”

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Who Let the Dogs Out?

We still don’t know, but someone needs to get them back in and keep them there.

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I’m Out of Office Until…

These people cannot check their messages. So, don’t expect an immediate response.

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Famous Footwear

This poster series honors iconic character kicks.

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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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