Culture

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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. >>

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7 Greatest Sonic Wonders of the World

Treats for our ears are everywhere—we just have to pay attention. A leading aural researcher… >>

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Gabriel García Márquez Quotes: 10 of His Best

The Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate wrote many words in his lifetime; these are a few of the… >>

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9 of the Most Unusual Surfing Locations in the World

In photographer Chris Burkard's book Distant Shores, he captures the rarest surf spots around the… >>

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7 Haunting Memorials That Offer Reflection and Hope

These tributes to victims of tragedies around the world stand out as especially powerful. >>

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9 Famous People You’d Never Guess Were Introverts

Often characterized as being shy or quiet, introverts by definition concentrate on themselves… >>

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This Optical Illusion Art Will Expand Your Mind

Stare long enough and you'll figure it out. >>

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Crazy Ants Could Destroy the Entire Gulf Coast

They’re coming by the billions—strange, creepy creatures that appear to be impossible to kill… >>

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You be the Judge: The Case of the Kid and the Cash

An unmarried, absent father dies at work. Does his company have to pay to support his child? >>

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10 Words That Mean the Opposite of What They Used to Mean

Thanks to cultural changes, incorrect translations, and a host of other reasons, word meanings… >>