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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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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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