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Record-Setting Robot

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The fastest recorded time to solve a Rubik’s Cube: 5.55 seconds–for humans. Of course, a robot recently broke that record, as a precursor to the day when machines are finally better than us at everything.

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Celebrity voice impersonations are tricky business, but this guy makes singing like 14 different famous singers seem like a breeze.

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White-walled museums and gallery exhibits are so yesterday: these sculptures can only be viewed underwater.

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The view from a plane’s cockpit is one that few people will ever get to see, but aerial photographer Alex McLean has shared some of those stunning sights with the sadly land-bound.

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Corrective helmets for babies with flat-head syndrome usually elicit worry from passers-by, but with the application of a creative paint job, the babies’ headwear can be fashionable as well as functional–to say nothing of downright cute.

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Commercials for brands can be tediously formulaic, a truth that one stock footage company has cleverly exploited with (what else?) an ad that incorporates nearly every advertising cliché there is. It’s the commercial to end commercials.

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As the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings approaches, a dancer who lost her leg in the attack is, with the help of a prosthetic leg, dancing again.

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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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