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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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A Sports Car is Born
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A Sports Car is Born. The story of that car you wanted as a kid, but thought twice about as an adult.

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The Quiet War Against Ownership. Manufacturers want to maintain control over the products they sell you.

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No One Will Bet Against Science on August 21. Even those who deny climate change will be headed to the solar eclipse totality zone.

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A Brief Tour of European Wedding Cake Traditions. You might want to use one to make your wedding more memorable.

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How the Internet Changed the Meaning of ‘Mamihlapinatapai.’ It perfectly summed up an incident we all know, but now is used to describe online behavior.

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Scientists Discovered a Trove of Volcanoes Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet. It might be the densest area of volcanoes in the world.

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The Science of Suffering. Research indicates that trauma can affect your descendants for generations.

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10 Snack Foods Originally Sold as Medicines. While they didn't cure anything, they turned out to be pretty tasty.

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2017 College Football Preview
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Here's Your Crash Course on College Football for 2017. Catch up on everything you should know before the first kickoff.

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The Teenager Who Stole Queen Victoria’s Panties. Edward Jones made a reputation for himself by sneaking into the Royal Palace.

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The Stories Behind TV Production Company Closing Logos. The few seconds of video has no purpose other than to serve as a signature.

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High: 35 Years Later. Writer Cameron Crowe and director Amy Heckerling reminisce about the film that launched a dozen careers.

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Adam Ellis is coming to the realization that his apartment building is haunted. Even his cats know someone is there at midnight.

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The Surprising Origins of Kotex Pads. No one wanted to manufacture a product that couldn't be advertised.

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5 Perfect Accessories for Viewing the Solar Eclipse. And you have just enough time to have them delivered.

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This Super-Sweet Watermelon Has a Deadly History. Thieves risked their lives to steal Bradford watermelons in the 19th century.

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