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In Palm Springs, it's so hot that birds are falling from the sky. One young bird was taken to shade for an emergency revival, recorded in photographs.
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The 40 Best Signs From The "Restore The Fourth" Rallies. People across the country turned out to protest against the NSA's surveillance tactics.
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White Actors’ Most Egregious Portrayals of People of Color. Ten movies, with video evidence, that would have been improved greatly by a bit of typecasting.
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Why do some folks refuse to use an e-reader? One author thinks it has to do with their childhoods.
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Six different Christian denominations claim footage in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The only way to keep peace among them is to employ impartial Muslims as moderators.
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Star Wars or Star Trek: Which Has The Worst Pop Songs? They're all pretty bad, but hey, people never sang about Space 1999.
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Breaking Bad beer, Downton Abbey wine, and 5 other pop-culture alcohols. Each has a built-in customer base at home, watching TV, and looking for refreshment.
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Hadacol, the Last of the Medicine Shows. It didn't cure cancer, but at 24 proof, it made everyone feel better.

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How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Water
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How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Water. Young gas giants throw debris toward inward planets, including hydrogen-rich materials.

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Brazil's Geography Problem. It's a big country with lots of people, so why isn't it a world power?

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The Science of Hearing. Our ability to detect and interpret sounds is due to an amazing and complicated biological system.

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Lucasfilm Might be Putting Future Star Wars Spinoffs on Hold. Solo's disappointing box office was a surprise glitch in the moneymaking machine.

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Why Women Say Nothing Is Wrong When Something Is Clearly Wrong. She has plenty of reasons not to share it with you right now.

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How to Decorate Like a Viking. Archaeologists have built a palette of the paint colors used on Viking homes and buildings.

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The Breastfeeding Zealots of the Neonatal Ward. Maternal lactation is pushed to the point of shaming mothers with hungry babies.

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9 Amazing Tiki Bars. A visit will cool you off even on the hottest day.

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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain
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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain. Check out 25 subtle tricks that make you spend more.

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Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border. A list of resources and organizations that need your skills, time, or money.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Solstice. While the days will only get shorter from here, temperatures will still go up.

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The Forgotten Chefs Who Made Chili Con Carne a Tex-Mex Standard. Women running their own businesses gave us an entirely new cuisine.

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You Would Never Expect Killer Whales to Appear Here. Arctic Ocean prey that once fed polar bears is fair game for orcas.

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Brooklyn's Defunct Domino Sugar Plant Opens as Domino Park. Pictures show how an old factory can become a community park and still retain its history.

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First Impressions. Tom Comitta took the first sentence from 268 New Yorker short stories, sorted them, and combined them into one surprisingly cohesive tale.

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The Original Locations of 15 Famous Chain Stores. There might be one near you!

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