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Weekend Links: Surviving in Outer Space

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Neil deGrasse-Tyson has the scoop on how long a human being would last on each planet in our solar system. Don't get too excited about that Martian vacation home.

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Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of lead? Ah, not so fast: there might be a little more nuance to the question.

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In the wake of this year's U.S. — Africa Leaders Summit, there's still a lot the average reader has to learn about the continent, particularly about its geography.

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There's a whole lot of new slang that's now fair game in Scrabble.

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You can't turn back time, but you sure can convincingly recreate a beloved childhood photo as a grown-up — although that Batman costume might not fit quite the same way anymore.

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There are still at least 10 major mysteries about dinosaurs that leave even the experts scratching their heads.

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Passengers awaiting their flights in Prague's Václav Havel Airport lounge must have first groaned, then been pleasantly surprised when the man who sat down at the public piano put his own unique, and supremely skilled, spin on Beethoven's "Für Elise."

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Sunday night will be prime time for skygazers. Don't miss out.

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The Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
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The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly.

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Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out of the last three years.

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Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

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Driving in Germany is Much Better than Driving in America. And, considering the size of Germany, there's a lot less of it.

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This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes. Jonathan Stryker is a master at becoming a cartoon.

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How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.

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23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

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This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar term carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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