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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Puppy

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Who needs an expensive purebred when these mutts are so cute? Just try saying no to that adorable little cheagle (Chihuahua-beagle) or that implausibly fluffy chusky (chow chow-Siberian husky).

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Diagon Alley is coming to Orlando, Florida, and the concept photos look amazing.

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Playing games to solve real-world problems? Not so far-fetched, with online video games like Foldit, Planet Hunters, and Forgotten Island: They’re as addictive as Candy Crush, but with the added bonus of helping scientists and researchers identify mutated DNA strands, save endangered ash trees, and protect New Zealand rain forests—better than a high score any day.

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Skip the Hallmark sentiments and let these literary pun valentines declare your love for you. They’re subtly animated, to boot.

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Curling is a lot more complicated than it sounds.

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Would a big city by any other, modern name smell as sweet? (Well, “Bearbrass” and “New Orange” were due for updates.)

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The Olympics are coming, and the city of Sochi is preparing accordingly.

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What If Earth Rotated in the Other Direction?
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Reversing Earth’s Spin Moves Deserts, Reshapes Ocean Currents. Everything would be different if our planet rotated in the other direction.

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NFL Player Wade Davis Talks Masculinity and Pro Sports. "We must create the conditions for all individuals to feel comfortable taking the risk to be themselves."

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This Old Soviet Airport Car Was Probably The Biggest Sedan In The World. It was equipped for two drivers, one to go forward and the other in reverse.

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The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages. In the last 60 years, 230 human languages went extinct.

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The Netflix documentary Mercury 13 tells of the women who passed NASA's astronaut screening in 1961. Only their gender kept them earthbound and out of history books.

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The Desert Architecture School Where Students Build Their Own Sleeping Quarters. The School of Architecture at Taliesin (SOAT) takes experimental living spaces seriously.

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I Gave Birth and I Didn't Even Get a Good Story Out of it. A normal birth is miraculous and transformative, but it's too common for anyone outside the family to listen to.

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10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement. They make sense once you know the stories behind them.

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How a Country Bumpkin Turned Into the King of Hollywood
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How a Country Bumpkin Turned Into the King of Hollywood. The kid from Ohio with big ears and bad teeth eventually became Clark Gable.

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The Kilopower Project Could Power a Mars Colony and Deep Space Missions. It involves small, portable nuclear reactors fueled by uranium.

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The Top 15 Game Of Thrones Episodes to Watch and Rewatch. Fans still have a lot of time to fill before the final season begins.

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Turns Out They Invented That 'How You Think You Look Vs. How You Really Look' Meme Back in 1921. It was the only joke on that page that deserved to survive.

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The Planet That Took Us Beyond the Solar System. Pegasus, the first exoplanet, was discovered 23 years ago.

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It’s Not Your Imagination: Allergy Season Gets Worse Every Year. The changing climate is producing more pollen, and more people are allergic to it.

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Baby Pangolins Always Look Like They’re Waiting To Nervously Ask You To Prom. They're adorable, so you'd have to say yes.

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The Surprising Link Between the Deaths of Three 19th Century Presidents: James K. Polk, William Henry Harrison, and Zachary Taylor may have died from living in the District of Columbia.

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