How George Lucas Brought Star Wars to the Big Screen

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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.

The Fantastic and Troubled History of the Video Phone

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The Fantastic and Troubled History of the Video Phone. The technology was there, but no one could use it until the expense came down.

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The Internet is in Love With Casual Disney Princesses From Wreck-It Ralph 2. An entire film of just their slumber party would be a hit.

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Dude, She’s (Exactly 25 Percent) Out of Your League. Online dating gives us the tools to quantify aspirational dating behavior.

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7 Charts Explain Why America is Becoming Obese. It's a battle that must be fought on several fronts.

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Treating a Heart Attack in a Centaur. Two doctors and an emergency nurse speculate on where to place the defibrillator pads.

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The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures Of All Time. An essential reference gallery.

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Why Scientists are Infiltrating Music Festivals. It's not for research, but to present ideas to the crowds.

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Is It Possible to Overdose on Vitamins? Yes, so you should learn which ones may be dangerous.

The Cat Who Loves Peaches

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The Cat Who Loves Peaches. Ozzy doesn't eat them, he just enjoys surrounding himself with peaches.

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How Much Would You Pay for Han Solo's Jacket or Anakin's Lightsaber? More than 600 pieces of rare movie memorabilia will go up for auction in September.

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The Ultimate Rich Kids Were the Children of Famous Explorers. Check out the adventures of the heirs of Hernán Cortés, Francisco Pizarro, and Cristóbal Colón.

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Illustrated National Park Reviews. Humorously gleaned from one-star entries at TripAdvisor.

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How Europe Learned to Swim. Indoor bathing and fear of sea monsters kept them out of the water for 1500 years.

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See a 50-Foot Tall Tornado of Fire. Firefighters saw it while battling a blaze at a plastics factory in Derbyshire, England.

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The Oscars' Insulting New Award. Splitting the Best Picture award into "artistic" and "popular" categories does a disservice to all films.

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12 Olympians Who Don't Keep Their Medals in a Sock Drawer. Some medalists find much stranger places to store them.

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