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One Weird Trick Used to Build the Pyramids

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Scientists are one small step closer to understanding how the ancient Egyptians were able to construct the great pyramids.

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Photographer Brian Moss volunteered himself—and his camera—to help out a local no-kill animal shelter in the most photogenic way possible.

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Hip-hop artists have nothing on Shakespeare's reported 100,000-word vocabulary, but there's plenty of variation in their lyric compositions.

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Dominique Ansel, the inventive pastry chef responsible for the cronut, is releasing a creative new culinary confection.

Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd are co-starring in an upcoming romantic comedy that pokes fun at romantic comedies, along with an enormous cast of familiar faces in comedy.

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Explore Hong Kong's famous Kowloon Walled City with an interactive multimedia piece on its people, its rise, its fall, and its place in the popular imagination.

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Lucasfilm has laid down the law regarding the new Star Wars universe. Rather than incorporating the upcoming reboot into the previous Expanded Universe, they've decided that the entire previous canon is no longer valid.

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Portugal-based artist Samuel Silva's ballpoint pen drawings would be more at home in an art gallery than doodled onto the margins of notebook paper, but his materials are humble: a handful of Bic pens and a lot of hours.

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10 Holiday Controversies
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10 Holiday Controversies. What were once personal choices are now public arguments about how it should be done.

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How Zarafa, France’s First Giraffe, Became a Cultural Sensation. Artists across the country wanted to draw or paint her.

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The 6 Big Superhero Movies Of 2017, Ranked From Worst To Best. It's hard to disagree with such a short list, but some fans will.

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When They Tried to Collect on a Nonexistent Debt, This Man Fought Back. Andrew Therrien took the harassment personally, and set out to find out who was behind it.

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Competitive creative dog grooming is an activity that makes dogs into an art medium. The documentary short Well Groomed follows two creative dog groomers through the biggest such contest at Groom Expo.

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Ada Blackjack, the Forgotten Sole Survivor of an Odd Arctic Expedition. She didn't know how to shoot or trap, but she had to make it back to her young son.

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The American Savings Crisis, Explained. Even if we could build savings in this economy, it wouldn't be worth the effort.

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12 Heroic U.S. Military Chaplains. They didn't want to kill, but served by their own sacrifice.

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How Animals are Excavated at the La Brea Tar Pits
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Excavating 101 at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. See how paleontologists get those animals out of the ancient asphalt.

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Solving the Mystery of Lyme Disease. When a shocking number of children in one town developed rheumatoid arthritis, doctors and public health officials teamed up to find its cause.

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Horse Feathers: the Marx Brothers at Their Best. The 1932 film is better than its reputation.

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A Child Interviews Her Cat. Any cat owner can relate to the absolute accuracy of the cat's responses.

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10 Reasons Why We Already Know Rey Is a Skywalker. This speculation is derived from clues in The Force Awakens, and contains no spoilers for The last Jedi.

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The Netflix Movie A Christmas Prince is a Hit for All the Wrong Reasons. It might even be worth borrowing a Netflix password.

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Imagining the Jellyfish Apocalypse. As the ocean's ecosystems collapse, they are poised to take over.

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What Was FDR Doing On the "Date Which Will Live in Infamy"? Read how the president took the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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