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600-Year-Old Bras Were Austrian Fashion Statement

A missing link in the history of women's underwear has been revealed by the University of Innsbruck in the U.K. They are four linen bras dating back to the Middle Ages and change the answer to that nagging question, "Which came first, the corset or the bra?" Hilary Davidson, fashion curator for the London Museum, explains the importance of the find.
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Wish You Were Here: Sunrise In Laos

Sunrise in Luang Prabang brings out a sea of saffron-cloaked monks and the women who feed them. Author Pam Houston, who writes about the American West, says for her it is a must-see place.
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Terrible Virus, Fascinating History In 'Rabid'

Journalist Bill Wasik and his veterinarian wife, Monica Murphy, have teamed up for a new book on the cultural and scientific history of rabies. Rabies causes terrible suffering — but it's fascinating to examine the way the virus is perfectly engineered to spread itself.
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Dutch Photographer Captures Somber Tradition At Arlington

The burial horses at Arlington National Cemetery are the focus of a new portrait series at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

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When Art Meets Science, You'll Get The Picture

Sure, you've got a world-changing idea — but can you explain it? This new collaboration challenges artists to illuminate the inventions of young scientists.
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Sigourney Weaver's Stately Role In 'Political Animals'

The actress plays the smart, tough Secretary of State Elaine Barrish on the new USA miniseries Political Animals. It's another strong female role for Weaver, who has starred in films like Alien, Ghostbusters and Gorillas in the Mist.
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As Class Warfare Brews, A 'Dark Knight Rises'

The finale to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy has the caped crusader battling a brute villain posing as the leader of a modern-day French revolution. Critic David Edelstein says the film has great moments and a fine turn by Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, but it never quite takes off.
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A Network Head Reflects In 'Interview'

Former ABC News president David Westin has written a new memoir, Exit Interview, about his 14 years as a network executive. Westin presided over a period of intense technological change in the news business — and over ABC's blown call on the night of the 2000 presidential election.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 19

The Dumb Waiter, Hong Kong film, and fire-breathing dragons.

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Discarded Food Cans Turn Into Canvas For British Street Artist

The UK artist known as My Dog Sighs makes striking "can people" out of old food cans he finds and the cans people collect for him, then he leaves them on the street for others to find. But P.S: Don't tell anyone that he doesn't have a dog.

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