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The Film Technology That Brings Us Closer to the Apes

As used in the 2014 movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. >>

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23 Contemporary Writers You Should Have Read by Now

In a fair world, these critically acclaimed authors would be rocking the bestseller list. If you… >>

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11 Quotes About Mothers That’ll Make You Call Yours

Then thank your mom for everything! >>

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Could You Win the National Spelling Bee?

Test yourself with 17 of contestants' toughest winning words from 1926 to the present. >>

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Photo Digest: Week of May 4, 2014 in Pictures

Festival goers race cheese wheels, Australia says "no, thanks" to graffiti, and more in this week's… >>

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The Best Vacation Books You Ever Read

Sometimes a book is an indelible part of a journey. Our staffers share their lasting memories. What… >>

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7 Women You Should Thank Every Time You Use a Computer

These smart women made for some significant and groundbreaking changes in technology. >>

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Photo Digest: Week of April 27, 2014 in Pictures

New saints, new Star Wars, and more from this week in case you missed it. >>

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10 Star Wars Quotes to Live By

Jedi wisdom you must follow. >>

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9 Incredible Pictures of City Lights From Space

The NASA Earth Observatory captures unbelievable photos that show just how electric our world… >>

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The Best Cities in America for Sleep, Health, Money, More

See which cities topped recent polls to rank highest in personal job satisfaction, favorable cost… >>

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Rick Bragg: This Book Changed My Life

Celebrated journalist Rick Bragg reflects on To Kill A Mockingbird's enduring message of courage… >>

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How Does Google Work?

It's not magic, but the tech wizardry behind the world's favorite search engine may still amaze you. >>

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5 Weird Facts About Rain

What you never knew about the wet stuff. >>

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10 Rare Trees That Are National Treasures

Learn more about these natural, awe-inspiring beauties. >>

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Photo Digest: Week of April 20, 2014 in Pictures

In case you missed it: Instant history at the Boston Marathon, a robot challenges the President to… >>

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5 Female Photographers Working to Change the World

Among the 60-some freelancers currently working for National Geographic magazine, about a dozen are… >>

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9 Unusually Detailed Animal Habitats

See how birds, oysters, snails, caterpillars, moths, and more rely on their inventive natures to… >>

5 Music Stories That Will Make You Cry Tears of Joy Right Now
5 Inspiring Videos Where Music Made Everything Better

Keep a song in your heart, people. >>