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Alexey Kljatov
Alexey Kljatov

Snowflake Close-Ups

Alexey Kljatov
Alexey Kljatov

Alexey Kljatov’s ultra-magnified shots of snowflakes prove that each one really is unique—and with a little work, you might be able to recreate his approach at home.

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Plenty of so-called “craft beers” these days are actually owned by big-name breweries.

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Johannes Brahms may have been a leader in the 19th-century Austrian music scene, but even he couldn’t have predicted the day that his Hungarian Dance #5 would be so skillfully rendered by a “bellowphone”—a homemade instrument whose looks belie its complex and idiosyncratic sound.

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No matter how hard you try, you’ll probably never be able to tickle yourself. (Then again, why would you want to?)

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Want a nation to quit cigs? Hire John Cleese to do your anti-smoking ads.

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As if it weren’t enough effort to get a modern-day child to sit still in front of the camera, Victorian-era mothers wanting family keepsakes had to disguise themselves as chairs and curtains to hold their babies in place for longer exposure times, and the results are predictably eerie.

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Odds aren’t looking good for the United States World Cup team, who have drawn an outstandingly hard group of teams for their first round.

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Pantone’s official color of the year for 2014 is “Radiant Orchid.”

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Welcome to the Year of the Dog
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Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Dog.

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The Evolution of Marvel’s Black Panther. Introduced in 1966, the character hits the big screen this weekend.

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The Very Real History of Death Stars. Germany, the Soviet Union, and the U.S. have all drawn up plans for weaponized satellites.

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The Karate Kid gets a modern makeover with Cobra Kai. Daniel and Johnny will revive their unresolved conflicts as older adults in the YouTube Red series.

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How the “Heart Balm Racket” Convinced America That Women Were Up to No Good. Sensational cases of gold diggers meant the end of breach of promise lawsuits.

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What Europe's Oldest Wine Tells Us About Ancient Sicilians. Samples hidden in a cave thousands of years ago hold clues to their everyday lives.

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15 of the World's Most Stunning Winter Destinations. You still have time to book a trip before the tourist season starts.

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10 Weird Facts About Lobsters
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10 Weird Facts About Lobsters. If they were designed as movie aliens, they would be too implausible.

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Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Ton Steel Ball. Get out of the way when it's dropped in the name of science!

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Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy. It wasn't a typical Jerry Lewis movie, but it worked.

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The Incinerator House. Artist Ron Fleming turned an abandoned industrial structure into a home and a work of art.

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Why Adam Rippon Didn’t Win. He finished behind two competitors who fell because of the complicated math of figure skating.

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Was Young Luke Skywalker a Selfless Hero or a Freeloader? Luke took advantage of the Rebel Alliance in using an X-wing or two as his personal vehicle, but a commenter refutes that argument in style.

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15 'Trials of the Century' and the Media Frenzies That Accompanied Them. Because true crime is more fascinating than fiction.

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