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How George Lucas Brought Star Wars to the Big Screen

FRANCOIS GUILLOT, AFP/Getty Images
FRANCOIS GUILLOT, AFP/Getty Images

How George Lucas Brought Star Wars to the Big Screen. His original ideas were a far cry from what we eventually saw.

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Where Did the Prohibition on Combining Seafood and Cheese Come From? That was easier to determine than the reasoning behind the rule.

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Historical Portraits of People and Their Pets. Even before photography, they were important enough to be painted.

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The Surprisingly Intolerant History of Milk. Drinking it, keeping it safe, and profiting from it all caused scandals.

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Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot has Learned to Run and Jump—and Escape! The company unveiled a demonstration of the robot's new skills last week, and Auralnauts wasted no time in giving the footage a plot.

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12 Myths About Coffee You Need To Stop Believing Immediately. Scientists, who consume a lot of coffee, have checked them out for you.

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For 6 Decades, 'The Man With the Golden Arm' Donated Blood—and Saved 2.4 Million Babies. James Harrison's rare and valuable blood factor wouldn't have been found if he weren't so generous.

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Why Graduates Dress the Way They Do. Academic regalia has a long and symbol-rich history.

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Solo Marks Star Wars's Return to Sleaze
Jonathan Olley, Lucasfilm Ltd
Jonathan Olley, Lucasfilm Ltd

Solo Marks Star Wars's Return to Sleaze. Without lightsabers, the Force, or the fate of planets in the balance, we get a look at the seedy side of a galaxy far, far away.

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Ways Airlines Purposely Make Flying Miserable. They make more money from calculated misery.

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Why Are Our Brains So Big, Anyway? A new study points to what we needed to think about the most.

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Seventy-Five Years Ago, Women Baseball Players Took the Field. The short-lived All-American Girls Professional Baseball League proved women could play, but it was far from equitable.

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If There Were a Kind of a Fireman's Pole from the Moon Down to the Earth, How Long Would it Take to Slide All the Way from the Moon to the Earth? Randall Munroe ponders this adventure in excruciating detail. 

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Remembering the ‘Saurian Monster’ That Terrorized 1880s New Zealand. In a nation that has few predators of any size, the attacks caused a sensation.

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Camels Can Eat Long-Needled Cactus. They've adapted to a desert diet, but watching it might make you feel nervous.

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Steven Spielberg's Original Plan for Jaws 2. His idea would still make a good movie.

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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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