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Kurosawa Without Samurai Swords

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One of Kurosawa’s greatest films features zero samurai swords. Why you should watch the 1952 film Ikiru.
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Meet the people who may someday live on Mars. Nine who survived the first cut for the Mars One mission share their application videos.
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Cable companies are fighting back against people who drop cable and watch TV on the internet. Or at least they're trying to charge you money for watching TV on the internet.
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Could you sum up your thesis in one sentence? I bet it's not as funny as these.
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This guy recreates classic movie scenes with his boss's dog. It must be nice to have such free time at work, and a boss with such a sweet, patient dog.
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James Avery, the Fresh Prince's Uncle Phil, died on New Year's Eve. In his memory, watch the glorious time he crashed the set of Family Matters.
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The Curious Case of Countries Where Being Gay Is a Crime. In some places, you could be executed if someone found out.
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All the films you should see in January and February. A guide to the best offerings in the worst months for movie releases.

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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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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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