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The Great 'Beyond': Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Impey is the author of Beyond: Our Future in Space.
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The End Of 'American Idol'

Fox announced today that the 15th season of American Idol will be the end of the road for what was once the biggest show on TV.
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Documentary Spotlights Perfectly Accessorized Iris Apfel

Renowned documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles' last film, Iris, is a portrait of 93-year-old style icon and self-described "geriatric starlet" Iris Apfel.
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Sculptor Chris Burden Dies At 69

The art world has lost a pioneering figure. Chris Burden began as a performance artist and left a public work that's now a symbol for Los Angeles. He died Sunday after a long illness.
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Danielewski Returns With A Long, Sideways Look At 'The Familiar'

The author famous for the cult classic House of Leaves is writing a novel about a little girl who finds a kitten. The book is planned to be epic — 27 volumes total. Volume 1 is more than 800 pages.
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After A Fiery Speech, A Top-Secret Job Offer In The Desert

A young Air Force captain thought his career was over. Instead, he was invited to join a stealth program — and told, "You've got 30 seconds and if you don't say yes, this conversation never happened."
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The Three Magi Brought Together At National Gallery

Paintings of the three biblical Magi by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens are reunited at the National Gallery of Art for the first time in more than 130 years.
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For This Puzzle, J-st Ign-r- Th- V-w-ls

Every answer is the name of a well-known U.S. city. For every word given, ignore the vowels. The word's consonants are the same consonants appearing in the same order as those in the city's name.
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In Oklahoma, The Sky Has No 'Mercy'

In Oklahoma, tornadoes are just a fact of life — but sometimes a truly awful one comes along. In The Mercy of the Sky, Holly Bailey chronicles the deadly tornado that struck Moore, Okla., in 2013.
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If Science Could 'Clone A Mammoth,' Could It Save An Elephant?

De-extinction technology could soon bring back lost species — or preserve endangered ones. In her new book, evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro explores the scientific and ethical challenges.

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