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The Thermodynamics of Coffee and Cream

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Counterintuitively, adding cream to a cup of a coffee helps slow down its cooling process. An explanation of the underlying physics at work is given here, alongside a fascinating super-slow-motion video of still black coffee transformed by the addition of cream.

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There isn’t actually a Love Actually sequel in the works, but this fake, fan-made trailer featuring zombies, death threats, hobbits, and Hogwarts is a reminder that the original cast has been keeping busy with other projects since the movie’s 2003 release anyway.

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In a massive time-saving move, YouTube has compiled the year’s most viral videos into a single, 5:47-long pop culture smorgasbord.

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Here, too, are the year’s top ten viral memes. Wow. Such compilation.

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While one kindergartener’s classmates made generic hand gestures signifying Santa Claus’s pointy hat and long beard during their annual Christmas concert, the five-year-old KODA, or “kid of deaf adults,” translated the entire program into American Sign Language so her parents could experience the holiday cheer as well.

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David Thibault, the sixteen-year-old French Canadian reincarnation of Elvis, puts his skills to festive use with a remarkably familiar-sounding rendition of the crooner’s classic, “Blue Christmas.”

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Let these fatal family feuds in history be a reminder to take it easy on your relatives during the holidays.

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The Many Deaths of the Joker
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The Many Deaths of The Joker. The villain is killed off time and time again, but he's too good to get rid of permanently.

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The Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan. Seitō was groundbreaking literature in 1911.

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Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence? We don't know whether the reassembled atoms at the other end are the real you.

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The True Story Behind Billie Jean King’s Victorious “Battle of the Sexes.” It was just one chapter in her campaign to elevate women in tennis.

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The Ultimate, Indisputable Ranking of Planets in the Solar System, with a justification for each. Earth needs some help to regain its formerly stellar reputation.

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The Delicate Art of the Amusement Park Caricature. The artist must negotiate the body image issues of strangers every day.

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America's Flood Epidemic. Houston has seen three "500-year floods" in just the last three years.

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11 Strange Battlefields Where the Cold War Was Fought. There was no competition too inconsequential for the U.S. And the Soviet Union.

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The Magic of Making Marbles
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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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