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Artist Christopher Sickels' Fantastic, Miniature World
Artist Christopher Sickels’ Fantastic, Miniature World

The Reader's Digest contributor produces wholly original work, combining painting, photography… >>

A Deaf Person's Favorite Music
A Deaf Person’s Favorite Music

As my co-workers can attest, I spend a good part of most work days with ear buds firmly in place… >>

Meet the Superhumans of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team
Meet the Superhumans of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team

As we prepare to kick back over the long Labor Day weekend, 227 American athletes are in London to… >>

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Major Moments in GOP Convention History

Although the tradition of political conventions has changed greatly over the years—in the past… >>

Meet My New Hero: Triple Amputee Todd Love
Meet My New Hero: Triple Amputee Todd Love

If you're like me and you need the occasional shot of pure inspiration, say hello to Marine Cpl… >>

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Coloring the News: Kids With Crayons Cover Current Events

In mid-June, swarms of honeybees took to the streets of New York City, prompting something of a… >>

Some Gave All: An Interactive List of Our Iraq & Afghanistan War Dead
Some Gave All: An Interactive List of Our Iraq & Afghanistan War Dead

To mark the passing of a grim milestone — the death of the 2,000th American service member in… >>

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Q&A with Joe Vaux: Surreal Art and Puzzle Design

Seattle-based Artifact Puzzles specializes in artistic jigsaws, with laser-cut pieces designed by… >>

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Survival Stories: Hot, Thirsty, and Lost in Death Valley

Three women took a drive to Death Valley for a day of exploring. Three days and 300 miles later… >>

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25 Years Later: “Sole Survivor” Film Examines Emotions, Struggle

Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of one of the worst disasters in U.S. aviation history: On… >>

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Photo Essay: Feather Fancy

Quills, plumes, bristles, down: Birds have the best outerwear on earth. A look at its magnificent… >>

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Music to Help a Community Impacted by Violence

Late last week, Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer released a musical tribute to the… >>

Is Fear Holding You Back?
Is Fear Holding You Back?

How's this for emotional: BuddyMedia's founder, Mike Lazerow, takes a poignant retrospective of… >>

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Phelps: “Just a Man, Not a Merman”

All-star American swimmer Michael Phelps didn't have the best Saturday: He not only got trounced by… >>

Nostalgia Alert: What Summers Were Like Before A/C
Nostalgia Alert: What Summers Were Like Before A/C

This summer has seen record-breaking temperatures, and if you’re melting in a pool of sweat… >>

Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride: Flying Pioneers
Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride: Flying Pioneers

One day after the announcement that Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut in space, had died, there… >>

Where Are They Now: Life After Olympic Gold
Where Are They Now: Life After Olympic Gold

These celebrated Olympic champions from decades past wrote sports history, but what are they up to… >>

The Brave Few: Olympians from the Smallest Delegations
The Brave Few: Olympians from the Smallest Delegations

Over 50 nations are sending three or fewer athletes to compete in the Olympics this summer: Which… >>

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Jesse Owens: My Greatest Olympic Prize

In this RD Classic from our archives, American athlete Jesse Owens tells his stunning Olympic story… >>

How Bill Gates Predicted the iPhone … in 1995
How Bill Gates Predicted the iPhone … in 1995

Talk about a visionary: I was blown away by Gates’ description of something that is eerily like… >>