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The Volcano that Changed Everything

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The Volcano That Rewrote History. When Tambora erupted in 1815, the effects were felt everywhere, and for a long time.
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To say we have an obsession with cell phones is the understatement of the century. Here are 30 pictures of this obsession that you may recognize yourself in.
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The Fictional Country Quiz. Can you match the made-up nation to the movie, TV show, book, comic, or video game it came from?
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Win fights about the success of various superhero franchises with this chart. Watch out, Batman, Iron Man is waiting to eclipse you!
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Washington University in St. Louis brought in an adorable bear cub to help students de-stress before finals. They were plenty stressed when they were bitten and scratched and threatened with rabies shots.
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This Dog Befriending A Disabled Kitten Might Be The Most Heartwarming Thing You’ll See Today. Ralphee has cerebellar hypoplasia and a huge guardian to watch over her.
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Breakdancing Buddhist monks honor fallen Beastie Boy. And we find out what they wear underneath those robes.
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How to take the perfect nap, according to science. Apparently my daily two-hour nap is not optimum, but it works for me.

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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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