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Where is Ukraine?

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Only 1 in 6 Americans Can Find Ukraine on a Map. That’s kind of understandable; during most of my life, it was an unlabeled piece of the Soviet Union.
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How (and why) to fight television culture's amnesia. If we revered classic TV as much as we do classic film, we’d be both more culturally savvy and a lot more entertained.
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Jeopardy winner Arthur Chu weighs in on the absence of Asian villains in pop culture. After all, the “model minority” roles are overly predictable and boring.
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Two tiny girls compete in their first judo match. Or you could call it a “bow, hug, and fall down” match.
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A lonely girl spots a cosmonaut on Chatroulette. She finds out that space can be lonely, too.
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NPR’s clever April Fools Day prank proved how few people read an article before commenting on it. Those commenters aren’t at all embarrassed because they haven’t read the articles about their comments.
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It’s bedtime for an adorable French bulldog puppy. He may argue about it, but he ultimately follows orders.
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How to raise happy kids, according to science. Science seems to be in complete agreement with this grandma’s life experiences.

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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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