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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… >>

11 Older Olympians Still Going Strong
11 Older Olympians Still Going Strong

These Olympic athletes are out to prove that when it comes to the Games, age only means one thing:… >>

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We Hear You America: Higginsville, Missouri

Without a modern projector so residents can watch digital movies, the Davis Theatre, a fixture in… >>

All I Really Need to Know I Learned...
All I Really Need to Know I Learned…

Playful essays by Mel Brooks, Ozzy Osbourne and others celebrating the Robert Fulghum best-seller… >>

Running for Vets: 100 Miles Left to Go!
Running for Vets: 100 Miles Left to Go!

Each of us has our own way of celebrating July 4. Retired Marine Jamie Summerlin will pay… >>

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Colin Powell: The Meeting He’ll Always Remember

Former secretary of state Colin Powell recalls two young visitors who sharpened his vision of our… >>