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Lion Cubs Go Swimming

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The National Zoo's youngest lions have just passed their first swimming test.

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Throwing the famed first pitch of a Major League Baseball game is usually a privilege reserved for politicians and the celebrities du jour, but a recent Royals vs. Padres game was the first to have a dinosaur do the honors.

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Vladimir Putin claims that Russia has an obligation to protect Russian speakers everywhere—which is to say, of course, the contested territory of Crimea. But if international powers adopted such linguistic boundaries, the map of the world would look very different.

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The hats at this year's Kentucky Derby did not disappoint.

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Life may be the longest thing anyone does, but it's still a shock to see a simple online graphic lay out the years, months, and weeks of a single life on a computer screen.

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Mid-twentieth century automakers sometimes knew that when it came to cars, bigger wasn't always better. In comparison to today's massive SUVs, microcars of the '40s and '50s seem kitschy and downright small.

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Plenty of people are swearing off gluten these days, including those who don't necessarily have any reason to do so, but as Jimmy Kimmel's street team proved, a surprising number of those people don't quite understand what gluten even is.

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Don't count on dolphins to come through for you in the event of a shark attack.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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Where Did That Tuna Come From?
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Why You Should Care About Where Your Tuna Comes From. Pollutants are not the same across the globe.

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A Demonstration of How Water Acts in Space. Watch an astronaut blow fruit punch like bubble gum.

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I Wore A Mars Space Suit And It Was Exhausting. Living in an inhospitable atmosphere will be no walk in the park.

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John Ballou Newbrough's Orphan Utopia. His new Faithist religion was dictated by angels in the 1880s.

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How to Spot a Fake Viral Video. Begin with the idea that not every recording is true to life.

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The Bloody, Exhilarating Bonnie and Clyde Broke Taboos When it Hit Screens 50 Years Ago. It was historical fiction, yet resonated with the counterculture.

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The Game of Thrones Characters Need to Hang Out More. Battles and special effects are nice, but dialogue is where the show really shines.

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How WWII Saved The Great Gatsby From Obscurity. It took almost 20 years for the book to become a hit.

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