A Conversation With the Man Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Caroll Spinney talks about the early days of the Muppets.

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Using Seawater and Sunlight to Grow Sustainable Food in the Desert. A company in Australia is creating its own fresh water and tomatoes.

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NASA's New Space Laser Will Track the Earth's Vanishing Ice. The laser, aboard ICESat-2, will map the world every 91 days as long as it lives.

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That Crazy Rock and Roll Baptist Preacher who turned out to be an Artistic Genius. Howard Finster was the very definition of eccentric.

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Hand-Raising a Pallas's Cat Kitten. Abandoned in a train car, Dasha came to be doted on by scientists at the Daursky Biosphere reserve.

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An NFL Coach Searches for His Birth Family. He found them in the last place he expected.

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The Fascinating Stories Hidden in America's Old Architecture. The buildings that give a unique style to a city are worth saving.

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10 Things You Didn't Know About the President's Secret Army. The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is not-so-secret anymore.