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Weekend Links: So Many British Accents

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Don't get caught out naïvely referring to a single "British" accent—the British Isles have dozens of different ways of speaking English, each distinct but all equally British.

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Vending machines have come a long way since their cigarettes and chewing gum days.

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Body language can be tricky for the untrained observer to read, despite the widespread belief that it’s easy to tell when someone’s lying. Are you sure you could spot a liar

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Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed in Afghanistan this week, but she leaves behind a legacy of insightful and important work that helps to illuminate day-to-day realities in the Middle East.

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Former president and current hobbyist painter George W. Bush has turned back to politics, but only as the inspiration for his latest exhibition, featuring portraits of world leaders like Tony Blair and a stoic-faced Vladimir Putin.

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The first openly gay American elected official is about to be commemorated on a Forever stamp.

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If you can’t have an elaborately furnished home library stuffed to the brim with beautiful volumes, at least you can live vicariously.

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With Google's nutrition comparison tool, it's finally possible to compare apples to oranges.

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The Many Deaths of the Joker
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The Many Deaths of The Joker. The villain is killed off time and time again, but he's too good to get rid of permanently.

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The Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan. Seitō was groundbreaking literature in 1911.

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Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence? We don't know whether the reassembled atoms at the other end are the real you.

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The True Story Behind Billie Jean King’s Victorious “Battle of the Sexes.” It was just one chapter in her campaign to elevate women in tennis.

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The Ultimate, Indisputable Ranking of Planets in the Solar System, with a justification for each. Earth needs some help to regain its formerly stellar reputation.

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The Delicate Art of the Amusement Park Caricature. The artist must negotiate the body image issues of strangers every day.

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America's Flood Epidemic. Houston has seen three "500-year floods" in just the last three years.

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11 Strange Battlefields Where the Cold War Was Fought. There was no competition too inconsequential for the U.S. And the Soviet Union.

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The Magic of Making Marbles
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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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