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See the World in Cat-O-Vision

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The world through a cat’s eyes is blurrier and a lot less colorful, but those glowing eyes see far better than our own in the dark.

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With libraries becoming an increasingly endangered species, well-loved author Neil Gaiman's lecture for the UK-based Reading Agency is a reminder of how fiction and daydreaming make us better people.

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A long time ago, in this very galaxy, the very first Star Wars teaser trailer was released to a public that had no idea of the 36-year franchise that was about to unfold.

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Mademoiselle Maurice’s latest street art installation unleashed 30,000 individual pieces of origami to brighten the streets of Angers, France.

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A map of America’s favorite beers by state proves that the “best” beer is often a matter of regional loyalty. Also, Maine features the heaviest drinkers – who would’ve guessed?

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Winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest prove that animal photography goes way beyond even the best social media snapshots of someone’s dog.

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Bacon really does make everything better! (Except pasta and desserts, so quit it with those bacon cupcakes already.) 

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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Where Did That Tuna Come From?
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Why You Should Care About Where Your Tuna Comes From. Pollutants are not the same across the globe.

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A Demonstration of How Water Acts in Space. Watch an astronaut blow fruit punch like bubble gum.

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I Wore A Mars Space Suit And It Was Exhausting. Living in an inhospitable atmosphere will be no walk in the park.

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John Ballou Newbrough's Orphan Utopia. His new Faithist religion was dictated by angels in the 1880s.

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How to Spot a Fake Viral Video. Begin with the idea that not every recording is true to life.

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The Bloody, Exhilarating Bonnie and Clyde Broke Taboos When it Hit Screens 50 Years Ago. It was historical fiction, yet resonated with the counterculture.

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The Game of Thrones Characters Need to Hang Out More. Battles and special effects are nice, but dialogue is where the show really shines.

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How WWII Saved The Great Gatsby From Obscurity. It took almost 20 years for the book to become a hit.

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