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Color Photography Before Color Film

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Before Kodak introduced the first “Kodachrome” color film in 1935, colored snapshots were something of a DIY project: if you wanted color, you had to paint it on yourself, and the results ranged from amateurish to brilliant.

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GIFs are usually frivolous Internet things, used to convey visual jokes or pop culture references, but Graphics Interchange Format can do so much more. Cinemagraphs combine the artistry of still photography with GIF-making technology to create moving pictures worthy of a digital frame.

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Dame Judi Dench is fond of needlepoint crafts, but her choice of design isn’t what you’d expect.

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The Seattle Public Library kicked off its 2013 Summer Reading Program by setting a world record for longest domino chain…made of books. They made sure that none of the 2,131 donated books were harmed in the process.

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My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter is one Pinterest user’s tongue-in-cheek account of her darling make-believe child Quinoa’s fashionable exploits with her BFF Chevron and plenty of high-end accessories.

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Lions are great. Tigers are great. Even greater? The three liliger cubs born in a Russian zoo to a lion father and a lion-tiger mother—hence, li-li-gers.

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Tony Soprano was only one of many characters James Gandolfini played with aplomb over the course of his too-short life and storied career.

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How did you celebrate Summer Solstice 2013?

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And let's end with a video about the time you have left (in jelly beans):

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The Real Gold Rush Wealth
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The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

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An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

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The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

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Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

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The Last Solar Eclipse
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The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

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Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

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Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

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This Infant's Size Confirms a Concern Doctors Have Had for Years: Large babies as well as small babies can be an indication of problems ahead.

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18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

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The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

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Technology Could Make Us Immortal. (But there will be consequences.)

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6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

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