A Conversation With the Man Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch

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Robin Marchant, Getty Images for SiriusXM

A Conversation With the Man Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Caroll Spinney talks about the early days of the Muppets.

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Using Seawater and Sunlight to Grow Sustainable Food in the Desert. A company in Australia is creating its own fresh water and tomatoes.

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NASA's New Space Laser Will Track the Earth's Vanishing Ice. The laser, aboard ICESat-2, will map the world every 91 days as long as it lives.

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That Crazy Rock and Roll Baptist Preacher who turned out to be an Artistic Genius. Howard Finster was the very definition of eccentric.

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Hand-Raising a Pallas's Cat Kitten. Abandoned in a train car, Dasha came to be doted on by scientists at the Daursky Biosphere reserve.

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An NFL Coach Searches for His Birth Family. He found them in the last place he expected.

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The Fascinating Stories Hidden in America's Old Architecture. The buildings that give a unique style to a city are worth saving.

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10 Things You Didn't Know About the President's Secret Army. The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is not-so-secret anymore.

The Early History of the Batman TV Series

The Early History of the Batman TV Series. As cheesy as it seems now, it was a vast improvement over previous on-screen depictions of comic book heroes.

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How Asia Got Crazy Rich. A historical background for the Singaporean wealth of Crazy Rich Asians.

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Your Earliest Childhood Memory is Probably Fake. A surprising number of people report memories from infancy.

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The Art of Star Wars: The Force Behind the Most Iconic Image in the Cinematic Universe. Greg Hildebrandt tells how he and his brother Tim produced the Star Wars Style B poster.

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How Will Police Solve Murders on Mars? Various experts explain how Martian forensics will be different from what we know on Earth.

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23 People Who Were Born To Do Their Jobs. All are prime examples of nominative determinism.

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6 Delicious, Nutritious Vegan Pantry Essentials. Even if you're not vegan, stock these and you'll always have something to eat.

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4 Unofficial Rules Native English Speakers Don't Realize They Know. We follow them unconsciously after hearing words used that way for so long.

The Senator Who Stood Up to Joseph McCarthy When No One Else Would

The Senator Who Stood Up to Joseph McCarthy When No One Else Would. Margaret Chase Smith defended civil liberties even when it meant crossing party lines.

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The 10 Worst Hurricanes of All Time. Present company excepted.

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What Happens When a 17-Year-Old Pilot Loses Her Landing Gear on a Solo Flight? Maggie Taraska kept her cool, followed directions, and landed the plane.

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Revisiting the First 10 Seasons of Murphy Brown. A refresher course before the series is resurrected later this month.

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Star Wars’s Biggest Blunder Isn’t What You Think. Fans who disliked The Last Jedi are operating with nostalgia glasses.

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A Plan to Build a Genetic Noah’s Ark Includes a Staggering 66,000 Species. The Vertebrate Genomes Project (VGP) aims to save the DNA even if we can't save the species.

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The Real Reason Apple is Now Selling 7 Different iPhones at Once. The answer lies overseas.

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When McDonald’s Invented Bubble Gum-Flavored Broccoli. It went over as well as you would imagine.

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