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A Modern-Day Dragon

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A 7-year-old Australian girl wrote to Australia’s national science agency, opening the letter with the charming greeting “hello lovely scientist,” to politely request that they make her a dragon with a black face as a companion for outdoor adventures. They complied, to the best of their ability.

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These are the films to look forward to in 2014.

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Viral video headlines are getting out of hand. Can you tell a clever fake headline from the real deal?

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Comedian Louis C. K. doesn’t have a signature fragrance line, but if these mock cologne ads featuring his furrowed brows and famously balding head are anything to go by, he really should.

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Pop culture owes a whole lot to Woody Allen.

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Alfred Hitchcock’s long-lost Holocaust documentary is ready to be screened. The original footage, taken by British and Soviet troops at Nazi concentration camps, so disturbed the filmmaker that he didn’t come back to work for a week—so viewer discretion will certainly be advised.

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The holidays aren't over yet. In fact, according to Wikipedia, the holidays never end.

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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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