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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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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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