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The Technology of Phone Calls

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How a Phone Call Works: Then and Now. While I’m more familiar with the old way, you might find it stranger than cell phone technology.
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Photographer Karen Abad dressed a friend's baby up as her favorite TV characters for an adorable photo shoot. Too bad it will be many years before Olivia is old enough to watch any of them.
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Online clothing retailer BetaBrand has released a catalog of its spring collection, modeled entirely by women with Ph.D.s or who are Ph.D. candidates. The models were recruited through Facebook, and yes, they are all very pretty.
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10 Fictional Characters Who Just Might Be Psychopaths. Do we really like them or do we just envy their control and chutzpah?
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Screen Junkies presents an Honest Trailer for Frozen. It explains the Disney formula for a surefire hit musical.
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True Detective Was a Case Study in the Drawbacks of TV Recap Culture. The very complex online discussions led people to believe it was a complex show.
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Thanks to an ongoing drought, California rivers are too low and warm for salmon to navigate. If there’s no rain soon, the fish may travel from a hatchery to the ocean in trucks.
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A guy attended Magic: The Gathering and took a selfie with every butt crack he saw. It was a traumatic experience, but he may recover with time.
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How America's internet can become the fastest on Earth. Too bad this plan would be opposed by those with money and political power.

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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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