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Are Space Elevators Possible?

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Up, Up and Away

Are space elevators really possible?

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Capital Laughs

The world of politics received a few much-needed laughs yesterday when Seth Rogen peppered his introduction to a very serious talk with a few lighthearted jokes, and President Obama announced the building of a superhero.

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For Your Reading List

Our friends down the hall at The Week launched something called Speed Reads today. If you want to know what's going on in the world but don't have mountains of available time, bookmark it.

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Driving People Crazy

Here are 10 of the best car pranks of all time.

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Stand and Deliver

Everyone loves a great storyteller. Here’s how you can be one.

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The Tale of Two Normans

Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has combined Hitchcock’s masterful Psycho and Gus Van Sant’s awful Psycho into one single film. (Via EW)

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Dude…

Bro, yo Bro, you need to peep this app. It’s tight, Bro. It’s totes tight.

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Why Hospitals Started Displaying Babies Through Windows
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Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows. And why we don't want the custom to die out.

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When London Bridge Moved … to Arizona? The entire stone bridge was dismantled, shipped, and rebuilt in the American desert.

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The Tom and Jerry Story. Almost 80 years later, we still enjoy the cat-and-mouse game.

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11 Geographic Markers That Are Totally Inaccurate. It could be a mistake, a matter of convenience, or the shifting earth.

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5 Sequels That Introduce Huge Plot Holes To The Originals. You'd think that someone somewhere would be in charge of making film franchises internally consistent from one movie to the next.

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Zero-G Blood and the Many Horrors of Space Surgery. We'll have to be ready for it if we're going to Mars.

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Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years. In 1989, Mauro Morandi's catamaran drifted onto Budelli Island in the Mediterranean Sea, and he never left.

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14 Huge Facts About Elephant Seals. They stand out even among weird marine animals.

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Peanuts Aren't Nuts
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Why aren't peanuts classified as nuts? Turns out, they're closer to green beans than you think. Peanuts are biologically legumes.

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What This Company Is Offering Employees Is Raising a Privacy Debate. Would you let your company implant a chip in your hand?

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Your Roomba is Spying on You. The devices have been gathering information about your home, and that data could be more valuable to Roomba maker iRobot Corp than the sales of its vacuum cleaner.

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The Legend of The Fatal Sisters: Voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau put a curse on plantation owner De Coucy, swearing his bloodline would die out, but he ignored it.

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Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp? Kids don't mind giving up their cell phones for the week, but it really bothers parents.

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He Thought Butternut Squash was Cheese: Funny observation of the daily struggles of customer service employees and the fact that the customer is not always right.

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Why you should vacation somewhere new, unexpected, and totally out of your comfort zone.

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15 Monumental Facts About the Lincoln Memorial. One tidbit: The project took a long and winding road from idea to finished structure.

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