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16 great short films shot by now-famous directors early on in their careers are proof that some artists just get it right from the very start.

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That seemingly endless expanse of clear, blue ocean is actually one large swimming pool. No, really.

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Just like at a crowded concert arena, it may soon be possible to buy standing-room-only tickets on planes. If that doesn't fly, there's also the bike-saddle-style alternative – though anyone already struggling with limited legroom might want to select a different seating option.

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Don't let the germs win: take some precautions when flying to avoid coming home with a mysterious illness in addition to that suitcase full of souvenirs.

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Stargazing, though rewarding, can be a tough pursuit for amateurs to get into; however, the winning photos from the Royal Greenwich Observatory's Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest require no expertise at all to admire.

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Summer, almost inevitably, means bug bites. To better understand why mosquitoes are such a seasonal nuisance, find out what's going on under the skin when an itch needs scratching.

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Wedding planning and white-dress-shopping can be stressful, so one couple ran away to Iceland instead. Luckily for everyone else, they brought a photographer with them, who captured some stunning scenes that would put a more traditional wedding album to shame.

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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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