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Lego Masterpieces

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Nathan Sawaya is a former corporate lawyer who left the firm to pursue his dream of making art full-time. He’s now a sculptor specializing in reconstructions of famous works of art, using a fairly unconventional medium: Lego bricks.

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21st-century cowboy life isn’t all leather boots, rodeos, and sunshine.

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If Olympic prizes are named for the metals the medals are made of, it might be time for a new category: bronze, silver, gold…and meteorite.

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Whether big-screen feature film or even just Lifetime Original Movie, these ten Olympians’ life stories would make fascinating biopics.

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Not content with simple florals, 1920s textile makers wove subtle and not-so-subtle propaganda images into Soviet fabric. The collectivization-themed print would make a lovely summer dress.

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Ice Music isn’t just a cool band name: it’s an apt descriptor for the Swedish musical group who perform with instruments (or, as they insist on calling them, ICEstruments) made almost entirely of the frozen stuff. They even perform in an icy concert hall, wearing matching – and hopefully very heavy – white parkas.

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Finally, after all those (admittedly incredible) photos of Mars’s red dust, the Curiosity Rover has posted its first picture of Earth—that “Pale Blue Dot”—from its vantage point in space.

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The Real Gold Rush Wealth
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The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

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An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

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The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

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Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

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The Last Solar Eclipse
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The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

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Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

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Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

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This Infant's Size Confirms a Concern Doctors Have Had for Years: Large babies as well as small babies can be an indication of problems ahead.

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18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

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The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

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Technology Could Make Us Immortal. (But there will be consequences.)

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6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

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