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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 really...
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...
Rick Bragg: This Book Changed My Life
Celebrated journalist Rick Bragg reflects on To Kill A Mockingbird's enduring message of courage and...
Photo Digest: Week of April 20, 2014 in Pictures
In case you missed it: Instant history at the Boston Marathon, a robot challenges the...
5 Female Photographers Working to Change the World
Among the 60-some freelancers currently working for National Geographic magazine, about a dozen are female,...
9 Unusually Detailed Animal Habitats
See how birds, oysters, snails, caterpillars, moths, and more rely on their inventive natures to...
5 Inspiring Videos Where Music Made Everything Better
Keep a song in your heart, people.
7 Greatest Sonic Wonders of the World
Treats for our ears are everywhere—we just have to pay attention. A leading aural...
Gabriel García Márquez Quotes: 10 of His Best
The Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate wrote many words in his lifetime; these are a...
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...
7 Haunting Memorials That Offer Reflection and Hope
These tributes to victims of tragedies around the world stand out as especially powerful.
9 Famous People You’d Never Guess Were Introverts
Often characterized as being shy or quiet, introverts by definition concentrate on themselves, which might...
This Optical Illusion Art Will Expand Your Mind
Stare long enough and you'll figure it out.
Crazy Ants Could Destroy the Entire Gulf Coast
They’re coming by the billions—strange, creepy creatures that appear to be impossible to...
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?
7 Unique Bird Houses You Wish You Could Move Into
With their unusual designs and attention to detail, these show-stopping homes are true works of art.
Best Short Stories to Read Right Now
These seven memorable books make it clear that short is good.
Stunning Wave Photos You Won’t Believe Are Real
Photographer Clark Little captures beautiful ocean and wave photos from an unbelievable perspective, as seen...
7 Great Books from Small Presses That Are Worth Your Time
From psychological thrillers to Southern sagas, from stunningly daring narratives to delicious period dramas, great...
Surprisingly Intimate Moments of Daily Life Around the World
As with his well-known photo, "Afghan Girl," these pictures of strangers from photojournalist Steve McCurry...
8 Flower Photos With Surprising Emotional Pull
Photographer joSon captures soul and beauty in these remarkable flower photos.
You’ll Never Believe Who Invented the Super Soaker!
The Popsicle, the super soaker, the kevlar vest ... some of the craziest invention stories ever.
David Brooks: How Much of Our Time Should Politics Take?
In the garden of democracy, politics should support, not dominate, our lives, argues the New...
St. Patrick’s Day in Pictures: How the World Celebrates
Take a look at how people all over the world celebrate the patron saint of...
Strange Secrets About Websites You Use Every Day
Why is Facebook blue? Why is Google buying up electricity? Can you really sell ANYTHING...
How and Why We Pray
Organized religion may be losing members, but prayer is more popular than ever. A look...
Can David Milarch Save Endangered Trees Through Cloning?
People said David Milarch was nuts. Then his far-fetched plan for saving our treasured trees...
You Be the Judge: The Case of the Second Texter
Is the person who sends a distracting text just as responsible for a car accident?
What Is Bitcoin? Everything You Need to Know
Stop asking yourself, "What is bitcoin?"—these articles have all the answers you need.
What Life Was Like on the Last Day at the Waffle House
An account of the dismantling of an extraordinary ordinary place.
Which Movies Were Better Than the Book?
Some authors kick and scream when a director bulks up a book’s plot for...
8 of the Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World
With their skillfully crafted design and architecture, these famous opera houses are among the most...