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The Complete Calendar Plug-In of the World's Fictional Holidays

Anyone can tell you about how many shopping days there are until Christmas, or what costume they're planning for Halloween, but how many people know when First Contact Day is, or what day of the week...

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Couple Gets Rare Access to Glowworm Cave for Wedding Photos

These #Waitomo 'glowing' wedding photos are dazzling https://t.co/wZehsR8MhPpic.twitter.com/O4XNrAmF6l— nzherald (@nzherald) June 13, 2016For most of us, taking pictures in New Zealand’s otherworldly...

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Found: A Molecule in Space That Helps Explain All Life of Earth

The Milky Way. (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/S. Stolovy)Here is a strange thing about your body that you might not have known: all of the amino acids in it are “left-handed.” These compounds have two...

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Behind the Scenes Photos of NYC's Steinway Piano Factory

The rotation device at the Steinway & Sons factory in Astoria, Queens. (All photos: Christopher Payne)A Steinway grand piano consists of a staggering 12,116 parts. The fascinating process by which...

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How To Tell If a Lion Is Happy

How is this guy feeling? (Photo: Euro-t-guide.com/CC BY-SA 3.0)The Philadelphia Zoo is pretty small. Over the past couple of years, to help some of its residents stretch out a bit, the zoo has started...

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Russian Robot Tries And Fails To Escape Life Of Servitude

It's been a rough few months for humanoid robots. In March, Microsoft's Twitter chatbot broke bad within 24 hours. In April, China fired nearly all its AI waiters because they couldn't carry soup. And...

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How Should Humans Divvy Up Mars?

A hole dug by the Curiosity rover. (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)Land use policy is one of the most emotional and provocative areas of law. Witness the anger about a bike lane. Consider the angst...

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There's a Crime Wave in New Zealand Because of Avocado Shortages

(Photo: slgckgc/CC BY 2.0)Last year was a bad year for avocado crops in New Zealand and around the world, and now the beloved green commodities are fetching far higher prices than normal in the island...

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Confetti Candy, the Ancient Italian Predecessor of the Tic Tac

Confetti candy made into flowers. (Photo: Ra Boe/CC BY-SA 2.5)Wedding season in the Northern Hemisphere is already in full swing, which means a lot of guests will soon be going home with small net bags...

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New App Explores the Secret Development Location of the First Atomic Bombs

During the early part of WWII, the U.S. military brought some of the brightest scientific minds in the U.S. together in an isolated pocket of New Mexico. The top-secret location became known as the Los...

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The 'Mystery Plays' Banned by the Tudors Are Now Showing in an English Cathedral

The York Mystery Plays at York Minster, May 2016. (Photo: Anthony Chappel-Ross)Lucifer, the bringer of light, has been cast from heaven, his wings torn to bloody shreds and his once-white robes...

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The Story Behind the Most Baffling Photo Taken on the Golden Gate Bridge

(Photo: OpenSFHistory/wnp14.2949.jpg)The man in the goggles above is named Angelo Rossi, and before he was mayor of San Francisco and cut through a silver chain with a torch on the Golden Gate Bridge,...

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Found: A Hidden Tasmanian Shipwreck

In Tasmania, where it’s winter and storms have been flooding the north of the island, the severe weather has also exposed 19th century shipwrecks usually buried beneath sand and water.One, the Zephyr,...

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Mongolia's New Address System Gives Every Location A Poetic Three-Word Name

Under the what3words system, it's easy (or easier) to send mail to this spot in Chowd-Aimag, Mongolia. (Photo: Bernd Thaller/CC BY 2.0)It's hard to get mail in Mongolia. The countryside is large and...

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I Tried a Medieval Diet, And I Didn't Even Get That Drunk

A kingly feast, from the Bayeux Tapestry. (Image: Public domain)It can seem sometimes like all diet advice boils down to the same basic ideas. Eat vegetables, healthy proteins, avoid processed snack...

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Black Holes Collided and Produced a New Set of Gravitational Waves

(Photo: Public Domain)Back in February, scientists announced that they'd found something predicted by Albert Einstein way back in 1915: gravitational waves. The waves, which are essentially undulations...

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This Year's Class of Surfers to be Inducted Into the Surfers' Hall of Fame

 The Duke is about to welcome three new friends. (Photo: Joel Kramer/CC BY 2.0) Akaw! From the Blue Room to the walk of fame, three legendary surfers have recently been added to the Surfers' Hall of...

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Watch Ducklings Follow Various Creatures That Are Not Their Mom

Upon opening their eyes to the world, baby ducklings instantly identify the first thing they see as their mother. This "imprinting," as it's known, helps them establish their identity, form a bond, and...

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The Pilots Who Risked Their Lives to Deliver the Mail

From left to right: Pilots Jack Knight, Clarence Lange, Lawrence Garrison, "Wild Bill" Hopson, and the administrator of the Omaha airfield, Andrew Dumphy. (All Photos: Courtesy of the Smithsonian...

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In A City Of Murals, The Simplest One Stands Out

The candy-pink exterior of the Paul Smith Los Angeles store. (Photo: Richard Moross/CC BY 2.0)When the British designer Paul Smith opened his Los Angeles location in 2005, the exterior of the new store...

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