The Forgotten Queen of Star Wars

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Star Wars © & TM 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Star Wars: Episode IX Can Fill Leia’s Absence By Embracing Its Forgotten Queen. However improbable that is, it's a loving tribute to Padmé Amidala.

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Are Abnormal Archaeological Finds Proof of Extraterrestrial Life? That's the easy answer, because it may take many years to determine the truth.

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Queen of the Extras: The Bess Flowers Story. Yes, you've seen her, even if you don't know her.

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Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral. Vanity Fair explores the latest trouble for the social media giant.

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Four Olympic Stadiums With Unexpected Afterlives. They became a prison, a church, and entertainment centers.

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Honest Posters for Oscar-Nominated Movies. Fan art is where you get the real scoop.

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The Secret History of the World's Priciest Spice. Saffron can cost as much as $16 a gram, for good reason.

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11 Surprising Locations That Played a Key Role in the Revolution. Your hometown may be one of them.

19 Performances That Prove Aretha Franklin Was the Greatest of All Time

MOLLY RILEY, AFP/Getty Images
MOLLY RILEY, AFP/Getty Images

19 Performances That Prove Aretha Franklin Was the Greatest of All Time. She was truly the Queen of Soul.

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Feral Children of Myth and Reality. Authenticated cases are rare and often quite sad.

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A Huge Misperception About Sex. Our mistaken view of other people's sex lives may color our attitudes toward them.

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Stop Telling Me to Turn My Brain Off During Movies. A well-made film will engross the viewer even if it doesn't make complete sense.

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Hey Jude” Still Makes Everything “Better, Better, Better.” Fifty years ago this month, the biggest band in the world released their biggest hit.

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How Not to Get Screwed Over by Your Mechanic. Most mechanics are not out to cheat you, but the few that do are enough to scare all of us.

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The Myth of the Soulmate. No one is perfect, but you don't need perfection to find love and a satisfying relationship.

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15 Must-Try Peach Dishes from Around the Country. Better get started if you want to try them all at the peak of the season.

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun

Bill Ingalls, NASA via Getty Images
Bill Ingalls, NASA via Getty Images

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun. The spacecraft is designed to withstand 2500-degree Fahrenheit temperatures.

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In the 1960s, the U.S. Government Set Off a Pair of Nukes Under Mississippi. The first underground tests were a strange experience for those living above it.

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Inside the Lab Where Spiders Put on Face Paint and Fake Eyelashes (and Termites Wear Capes). For some species, looks can mean the difference between becoming a daddy and becoming dinner.

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Pizza Delivery Man Plays Beethoven for Customers. Let's hope he got a generous tip.

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For Sale: Your Under the Tuscan Sun Fixer-Upper Awaits. A look inside the ruins of an abandoned Italian villa you could purchase.

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What If English Were Phonetically Consistent? Aaron Alon gradually applies consistent pronunciation to vowels until it doesn't sound like English at all.

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The 60 Greatest Capes in Movie History. In no way limited to superheroes, they have graced the shoulders of cinemas's most amazing characters.

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14 Antique Roller Coasters You Can Still Ride. Some are over 100 years old!

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