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Sorry: Dolphins Aren’t Smiling

A dolphin's "smile" is actually an illusion. So is our belief that these animals can heal. >>

Inside the Dirty World of an Outlaw Pilot

They'll run food or medicine, guns or drugs, for the highest bidder. They'll fly in planes that are… >>

The RD Interview: Bob Costas

If he's wearing a parka, you know it's time for another Winter Olympics. The boyish broadcaster… >>

The Case of the Peeping Photographer

Can an artist take pictures of his neighbors and then sell them without permission? You be the… >>

Falling for Math

A scholar describes how humble numbers can beautifully illuminate our world. >>

20 Reasons Why 2014 Will Be Better for Us All

Optimism is Reader's Digest's middle name, so we reached out to thought leaders, authors, and… >>

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7 of the Best Audio Books to Listen to Right Now

Traffic jams? Flight delays? You won't mind so much when you're listening to something terrific. >>

5 Fun Facts About Pandas

Because who doesn't want to know more about the most adorable animals on the planet? >>

A Widow’s Incredible Final Gift to Her Husband

They wouldn’t let religion, custom, or even burial come between them. >>

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6 Great Books to Read (That You Might Have Missed)

You know about the season's blockbusters, but if you want something different and exceptional… >>

Word Nerd Quiz: When Did These Terms First Make the OED?

These eight words first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1913, 1963 or 2013. Can you… >>

Can a Judge Force Parents to Change a Baby’s Name?

They didn’t name their son Messiah because it means God, and they didn’t think a judge could… >>

Should This Woman Be Sent Back to Prison?

She was a fugitive, yes. But for almost two thirds of her life, she’d also been a law-abiding… >>

Who’s the Rightful Heir to This Family Fortune?

A few weeks after their aunt's death, the Nixon children received a letter from the bank explaining… >>

Who’s Responsible for These Swimmers’ Deaths?

Did these beach-goers go in the ocean at their own risks, or did the city of Miami Beach have a… >>

When Lightning Strikes a Golfer, Is the Course Responsible?

The caddie master learned of lightning in the area and set off in a cart with the club pro to get… >>

You Be the Judge: The Nightmare Neighbor

In the four months after a loud tenant arrived, a neighbor sent 17 letters of complaint to the… >>

You Be the Judge: A Grandmother’s Rights

A woman argues that she had a right to see her grandson, but her daughter claims she tried to… >>

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What Makes Someone Brave?

Does courage live in the heart or the mind? What compels some people to turn toward danger and… >>

Awesome Nerd Quotes for Proud Geeks Everywhere

There's something great about being a geek. (Take it from someone who wrote a 100-page thesis on… >>