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Awesome Librarians

In celebration of National Library Week, here are 10 Reasons Why Librarians Are Awesome. Number 11: my daughter is determined to be one someday.
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One year after the Boston Marathon Bombing, an injured survivor tells us about her year of recovery. Headlines fade, but she is living with permanent damage.
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Explore humanity’s next step. Transhumanism may extend our lives, or turn us into monsters, or both.
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A kid asked Netflix to go to the prom with him, and Netflix said yes. They got him a James Bond tux and a car and driver from Grease.
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This flight attendant's safety announcement is actually worth listening to. One planeload of passengers gave her an ovation after they finished laughing.
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Watch a guy who’s so drunk he can’t figure out how to get over a fence. He tries every way he knows, until a little child shows him how to do it.
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How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession. They could use some help, but they still discourage others from choosing that career.
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If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do? This is particularly relevant for those who live or work in or near Washington.

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The X-Men Movies You Never Saw
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The X-Men Movies You Never Saw. Filmmakers have been pushing the comic book heroes for almost three decades.

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How The Gambia Learned to Grow Both Forests and Food. The trick is allowing communities to own, care for, and protect their pieces of the forest.

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Having Babies on Mars Is Going to Be a ‘Titanic Challenge.’ At least one scientist suggests that we start genetically modifying humans to withstand the rigors of reproduction beyond Earth.

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The Five Stages of Watching a Star Wars Movie. See them all play out this weekend as Solo opens in theaters.

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Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He settled in Canada, where he was free to publish his life experiences.

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24 Things Princesses At Disney Parks Would Never Tell You. The job comes with strict rules and high standards, but doesn't pay well.

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Meet Gustaf Broman, the 19th Century Con Man Who Attempted to Cross the Atlantic in a Log Boat. He never expected to succeed, as he had other plans for the trip.

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19 Acclaimed Authors and Their Typewriters. Some of those machines are still around, and some are still in use.

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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

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The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

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Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

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The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages?

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Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you!

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The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

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Rise of the Ticks. Insect-borne diseases have more than tripled in the past few years due to climate change.

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The Birthplaces of 9 Classic Salads. Read them all, and then select one to enjoy today.

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